The outbreak includes 11 confirmed cases in four different counties. Most of the cases (8) are in King county. Six of the victims are children under 10 years old. A sick child in Arizona who had been exposed to someone who recently visited Washington has also tested positive for the same strain of E. coli, and officials there are working to confirm the link.
Three of the sickened people have been hospitalized, and at least one developed the life-threatening condition called HUS.
OFT’s E. Coli lawyers are actively investigating this outbreak, and this page will update as we uncover more information. If you or a loved believe you were sickened in this outbreak, please call or contact us using the form on the page for a free consultation.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection can vary, but the most common indications of an infection are:
Like many bacteria and viruses, E. coli has an incubation period. This is a delay between when someone is exposed to the bacteria and when that person displays symptoms. For E. coli, the incubation period can last between one and 10 days, with an average of three-four days for when symptoms begin to show.
E. coli often starts as an upset stomach and non-bloody diarrhea, which will then escalate over several days.
Up to 10% of individuals suffering from an E. coli infection develop HUS, which is a life-threatening condition. HUS develops about seven days after the first E. coli symptoms appear and when the diarrhea is improving. HUS can cause a person’s kidneys to stop working. If you notice the signs, you should get yourself or loved one to the hospital for treatment right away.
Symptoms of HUS include:
Many people diagnosed with HUS recover within a few weeks with proper treatment. However, HUS can cause permanent physical harm or even death.
OFT Law offers free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by the outbreak. Our food safety lawyers have experience helping get compensation for thousands of clients, and we’d love for you to be next. Call us at (866) 395-8498 today to learn more about how we can best serve you.