Five dead from romaine lettuce e. coli contamination – Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawyer
The number of illnesses associated with e. coli contamination from romaine lettuce consumption continues to rise. These food poisoning cases have now impacted people in 35 states. As of May 31, 2018, the number of ill has risen to 197 and the number of deaths has increased to five. The five deaths have been reported from Arkansas (1), California (1), Minnesota (2), and New York (1).
Although the romaine lettuce growing season is over and no lettuce should remain on store shelves or be served in restaurants at this time, the number of illnesses and deaths continues to rise as new reports are sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The illnesses occurred between March 13 and May 12, but illnesses that occurred after May 6 may still not be reported.
Of those who became ill from the e. coli contamination, 89 have been hospitalized, including 26 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Most people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die.
The 35 states that have reported illnesses as a result of romaine lettuce consumption include: Alaska (8), Arkansas (1), Arizona (9), California (45), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (9), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (10), North Carolina (1), North Dakota (3), Ohio (7), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (24), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (7), and Wisconsin (3).
If you are a victim of the romaine lettuce e. coli contamination outbreak, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to discuss your legal options.