Attorney Fred Pritzker won money for victims of a past E. coli outbreak linked to a North Carolina fair (see below). He and his Bad Bug Law Team are now investigating an E. coli outbreak linked to the Cleveland County Fair in North Carolina that has grown to 81 confirmed cases. Fifty-two children* and 29 adults have been affected by the outbreak. Of those, 11 people have been hospitalized, and one child, a 2-year-old toddler, has died.

It appears that the petting zoo at the Cleveland County Fair is the source of this outbreak. The North Carolina State Fair E. coli outbreak in 2011 (discussed below) was linked to a building that hosted livestock competitions and housed sheep, goats, and pigs.

The enormity of this tragedy is immeasurable. Families who spent a fun day at the fair are now watching their children struggle to survive. Occasionally, we get comments from people who think we are exaggerating, but we are not. Certainly, something needs to be done about the E. coli risk at fairs.

The county case counts are as follows:

Cleveland County – 48
Gaston County – 11*
Lincoln County – 13
Catawba County – 1
Mecklenburg – 1
Union County – 2
Rutherford – 2
York County, South Carolina – 2
Cherokee County, South Carolina – 1
*this number includes one death related to the outbreak

Contact Fred for free information regarding a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. For the children who contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), there will most likely be future medical expenses because even for those who “recover” there is the risk of future kidney problems and the need for a kidney transplant. Just a couple of months ago, Fred won $4.5 million for a young woman who contracted E. coli-HUS.

2011 North Carolina State Fair E. coli Outbreak Investigation

Eleven people have lab-confirmed cases of E. coli infections, including children. Some of those children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a life-threatening complication of toxic E. coli poisoning that causes kidney failure, stroke, and other central nervous system damage, heart attack, blindness, pancreatitis, and other serious health problems. Children under age 5 are at greatest risk of developing HUS. North Carolina health officials suspect 16 other people are also part of this outbreak.

North Carolina state health officials have determined that the source of the outbreak is the Kelley Building, a place where the public can see livestock exhibits. In 2004, an outbreak at the North Carolina State Fair was linked to an animal exhibit. In that case, 108 people were sickened and litigation is still pending.

“Despite the frequency and severity of these kinds of cases, event operators and participants often fail to take precautions necessary to prevent serious illness,” said lawyer Fred Pritzker.The safety and well-being of children who attend these events should be a top priority.”

Most cases are in the Raleigh area, and the counties involved and number of cases are as follows:

Wake – 13
Sampson – 6
Cleveland – 1
Durham – 1
Johnston – 1
Lenoir – 1
Orange – 2
Wilson – 2

Attorney Fred Pritzker and his litigation team represent E. coli victims nationwide and have won millions for their clients.