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Source of Multistate Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli O145 Infections Remains Unidentified.

Public health officials were unable to identify the source of an Escherichia coli (E. coli) O145 outbreak that infected 18 persons across 9 states. One death was reported. Known illness onset dates ranged from April 15, 2012 to June 12, 2012.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the number of ill persons identified in by state was as follows: Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maryland (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1).

Using a technique known as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), commonly referred to as DNA fingerprinting, public health officials were able to identify food poisoning victims who were part of this outbreak. However, when public health officials interviewed those sickened in an effort to identify the food or exposure that may have caused the illnesses, they were unable to find a likely source.

E. coli Food Poisoning Symptoms

Symptoms of E. coli infection may include severe abdominal cramps, fever, and watery diarrhea. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. Severe infections can cause kidney failure. The very young, elderly, and immunocompromised are at greatest risk for experiencing complications due to E. coli infection.

A Stool Culture May Confirm E. coli Food Poisoning

E. coli food poisoning can be fatal. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.

A stool culture can also help link your illness to a specific outbreak and support a food poisoning lawsuit should you wish to seek compensation for your injuries.

Contact the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg for a Free E. coli Lawsuit Evaluation

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning, are awaiting medical confirmation of E. coli infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free E. coli lawsuit case evaluation by calling The Weinberg Law Firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

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