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As of October 28, 2009, 20 students and adults from Lincoln Middle School who attended Camp Bournedale in Plymouth, Massachusetts from October 13 to October 16 had gastrointestinal illness. Two of the students tested positive for E. coli 0157. Two students are hospitalized as a result of their illnesses.
One of the serious complications of E. coli poisoning is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure, pancreatitis, heart problems, neurological problems, coma, seizures, and death.
The Massachusetts Department of Health tested hamburger patties at Camp Bournedale and found the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened the two Lincoln Middle School students. These hamburger patties came from South Shore Meats Company, a Brockton, Massachusetts firm.
In response to this finding, South Shore Meats recalled over 1000 pounds of beef.
“The E. coli poisoning cases in this outbreak involve the liability of Camp Bournedale, South Shore Meat Company and possibly others, including the slaughtering house,” stated Attorney Fred Pritzker. “In every case, E. coli poisoning is the result of poor sanitation. In the case of ground beef, there is also an issue of undercooking the food. Many adults failed the children who were sickened.”