In 2008 there was an E. coli outbreak linked to a restaurant in Georgia and its beef supplier. The Georgia Public Health District confirmed eight cases in this outbreak. Four of those patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe illness that is often associated with E. coli infections. It can be harder to diagnose E. coli in HUS patients.
The Southwest Georgia Public Health District investigation linked the Barbecue Pit in Moultrie, Georgia (Colquitt County) to this outbreak. Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant stated that if the fourth patient who has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) ate food prepared by the Barbecue Pit before falling ill, ” then all the presumed cases of E. coli as well as all the confirmed cases will have been linked to the restaurant.”
Nebraska Beef, Ltd., a supplier of ground beef components, was also linked to this outbreak.
When a restaurant and supplier are linked to an outbreak, they may be liable and sued for any of the following if the facts of the case support a personal injury claim:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of income
- Other damages.
Also in 2008, Nebraska Beef recalled over 5 million pounds of ground beef components because they may be contaminated with E. coli. Contact our law firm at 1-888-377-8900 about an E. coli lawsuit.