E. coli Outbreak Tied to Petting Goats at Georges Mill Farm in Lovettsville

Several people who petted the goats at Georges Mill Farm in Lovettsville, PA between March 6 and April 20, 2022, developed E. coli infections, according to the Loudon County Health Department.

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Symptoms of an E. coli infection develop within one to 10 days of exposure, usually between one and three days. They include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. About 7 percent of people with E. coli infections develop a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a form of kidney failure.

HUS symptoms develop after the initial E. coli symptoms. They include decreased urine output, skin that bruises easily, lethargy, bloody diarrhea, seizures and swelling of the face, hands, feet, or entire body.

County health officials are advising anyone who had contact with the goats to contact the Loudon County Health Department and to monitor themselves for symptoms and see a doctor if they develop.

There is no evidence of ongoing risk to visitors at Georges Mill Farm.

Goat Contact and E. coli in Child

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The E. coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have recovered multiple multi-million settlements for children sickened by E. coli-HUS after visiting petting zoos, including a recent settlement for $7.55 million.

In 2020, the E. coli lawyers at Pritzker Hageman filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 4-year-old boy who suffered permanent kidney damage from an E. coli infection. He was one of 11 people sickened in an E. coli outbreak linked to an educational exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair that features the live birth of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and other animals.

If you or your child developed an E. coli infection after petting the goats at Georges Mill Farm and would like a free consultation with an experienced E. coli lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman E. coli Legal Team. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and you don’t pay us unless we win.

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