The E.coli outbreak linked to animal contact at the San Diego County Fair has now sickened 10 children. Health officials report that there are 10 confirmed cases and one probable case of Shiga-toxin producing E.coli (STEC). Three children have been hospitalized and a two-year-old boy tragically died on June 24th.
E. coli attorney Ryan Osterholm, part of Pritzker Hageman’s food poisoning, zoo outbreak and infectious disease legal team, pointed out that, “There have been dozens of E. coli outbreaks connected to petting zoos in recent years. Our E. coli lawyers have represented very seriously injured children…and it is almost always children who are who are the victims in these cases…in the past few years. These experiences, where E. coli infected zoo animals are put into close contact with children, have proven in too many cases to be extremely dangerous to these kids.”
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the interim San Diego County deputy public health officer, released a statement indicating that the investigation was ongoing and that there are, “…likely more cases that will be reported.”
It can take weeks to show symptoms of a STEC infection, which include severe and painful abdominal cramps, diarrhea that almost always watery and sometimes bloody, vomiting, and sometimes a mild fever. Children are more likely to suffer serious complications like hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, if they contract this infection. If you have a child with any of these symptoms, within even 3-4 weeks of visiting the San Diego County Fair in the summer of 2019, you should contact your doctor or local hospital right away.
Our E. coli lawyers are among the most experienced in the country and have won landmark cases against petting zoos that have allowed children to become infected with STEC, including a $7.55 million dollar verdict where a ten-year-old contracted HUS after coming in contact with contaminated animals at a petting zoo in Minnesota.
If you have a child who has been sickened in the San Diego County Fair outbreak, our infectious disease legal team would like the opportunity to represent you.
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