A 10-state ground beef E. coli O103 outbreak has ended after sickening 209 people, two of whom developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure that can be fatal. The people sickened said that before they became sick, they ate ground beef at home or at restaurants. The outbreak strain E. coli O103 was found in ground beef collected from one of those restaurants. Two companies that sold ground beef to that restaurant and others issued recalls.
Ground Beef E. coli Lawsuit Filed
Our E. coli lawyers filed the first lawsuit in connection with this outbreak. Our client, Melissa Carmicle, developed an E. coli infection after eating ground beef, was hospitalized in early March and moved to intensive care when her kidneys began to fail. After a stay in the ICU she was released from the hospital, but was airlifted back after she began experiencing seizures. She endured a lengthy stay in the ICU. The lawsuit names K2D Inc., DBA Colorado Premium Foods as the defendant. K2D is one of the companies that issued a recall for ground beef.
Ground Beef Recalls
Two companies have issued ground beef recalls in connection with this outbreak. On April 23, K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Ga., issued a recall for roughly 113,424 pounds of ground beef. And on April 24, Grant Park Packing of Franklin Park, IL issued a recall for approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef.
Ground Beef E. coli Illnesses
Between March 1, 2019, and May 1, 2019, 209 E. coli O103 illnesses were reported from 10 states. The cases reported from each state were: Florida (5), Georgia (51), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (76), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), Ohio (12), Tennessee (59), and Virginia (2).
The case-patients range in age from less than 1 year to 84 years old with a median age of 18. Twenty-nine people were hospitalized.
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