At least 14 people are part of a Philadelphia E. coli outbreak that includes restaurants whose names have not yet been disclosed. The cases, which have been reported since August 30, 2019, include people who range in age from 7 to 90 years old.
Food becomes contaminated with E. coli when it makes contact with fecal matter. This can happen during the growing or harvest of fruits and vegetables, the slaughter of animals or at any point from farm to fork where an infected food worker does not wash hands properly after using the bathroom. Recent E. coli outbreaks have been linked to romaine lettuce and ground beef.
Some types of E. coli, like the one involved in this outbreak, produce something called Shiga toxins which cause severe illness including a form of life-threatening kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Young children are most at risk for developing HUS.
Health officials are still investigating the outbreak and have not disclosed the food items or restaurant names associated with this outbreak. Most food poisoning outbreaks occur at restaurants, particularly sit-down restaurants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The E. coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman, a national food safety law firm, represent people who have been sickened by contaminated food. Drawing on decades of experience, they have outlined 10 steps to filing a lawsuit against a restaurant.
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