A Shigella outbreak at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles includes at least six people, two of whom are hospitalized. The food safety attorneys at Pritzker Hageman are investigating this outbreak.
Shigella bacteria are genetically very similar to E. coli, but Shigella is more contagious. Both are spread through the fecal-oral route, meaning bacteria in an infected person’s stool are ingested by others.
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Symptoms of a Shigella Infection, Shigellosis
Symptoms of a Shigella infection, called shigellosis, usually appear within one to two days of exposure. They include:
- Bloody diarrhea, or diarrhea that lasts more than, three days
- Abdominal pain
- The urge to have a bowel movement when the bowels are empty
In some cases, severe complications can occur including reactive arthritis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure.
Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications and antibiotics should not be given to patients with E. coli infections as they can increase the chance of developing HUS.
Westin Bonaventure Shigella Outbreak
Alameda County health officials believed the Westin Bonaventure Shigella outbreak is likely associated with a union delegate conference held at the hotel from August 21, 2023, – August 24, 2023. Over 300 people from around the state attended the conference, but three of the patients are from Alameda County. The illnesses were reported on August 25, 2023.
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If you contracted a Shigella infection and would like a free consultation with an experienced Shigella lawyer about a potential lawsuit, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Shigella 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 we don’t get paid unless we win