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Henderson E. Coli Lawyer

Escherichia coli, abbreviated to E. coli, includes a wide variety of bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of humans and animals. While most strains of E. coli are harmless and important for maintaining gut health, some can lead to serious foodborne illnesses and infections. Pathogenic E. coli strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, and may lead to serious health complications like hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

When someone contracts an E. coli infection, the bacteria typically colonize the intestines, leading to a range of symptoms and potential complications. Here is a detailed outline of what happens:


Symptoms usually begin 1 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria, commonly within 3 to 4 days.

Gastrointestinal symptoms typically include:

  • Diarrhea: Often starts watery and can become bloody. This is a hallmark symptom of certain pathogenic strains like E. coli O157.
  • Abdominal Cramping: Severe stomach pain and tenderness.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Commonly occur alongside diarrhea, contributing to dehydration.
  • Fatigue: General feeling of tiredness and weakness.
  • Fever: Sometimes mild but can be more severe depending on the strain and individual’s immune response.


Some people may experience complications if their infection is severe or they are very young or very old.

  • Dehydration: Due to significant fluid loss from diarrhea and vomiting, dehydration can set in, characterized by symptoms such as dizziness, dry mouth, and reduced urine output.
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS): In severe cases, particularly with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), complications can include HUS. This condition involves the destruction of red blood cells, leading to acute kidney failure, decreased urination, and pale skin. HUS is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical attention.
  • Systemic Infection: Although rare, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream, causing septicemia. This can lead to widespread infection, which is life-threatening if not treated promptly.

Long-term Effects

Unfortunately, some people may develop long-term health issues even after their infection has cleared.

  • Chronic Kidney Issues: Individuals who develop HUS may suffer from long-term kidney problems, including chronic kidney disease and hypertension.
  • Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Some people may develop IBS after recovering from the acute infection, experiencing ongoing symptoms like abdominal pain and altered bowel habits.
  • Psychological Impact: Severe infections and prolonged recovery can lead to psychological effects such as anxiety and depression, particularly if there are lasting health impacts.


Most cases of E. coli are self-limiting, meaning they resolve without medical treatment. However, treatment options can include:

  • Hydration: Replenishing fluids and electrolytes is critical, especially if dehydration occurs. Oral rehydration solutions or intravenous fluids may be administered.
  • Medical Care: In cases of severe symptoms or complications like HUS, hospitalization is often required for intensive care and monitoring.
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics are typically not recommended for E. coli infections as they can increase the risk of HUS in STEC infections and may not be effective against the bacteria.


Preventing E. coli from spreading involves a combination of:

  • Proper Food Handling: Cooking meat thoroughly, avoiding cross-contamination, and practicing good hygiene can prevent E. coli infections. Washing fruits and vegetables and consuming pasteurized dairy products can also prevent infection.
  • Water Safety: Ensuring drinking water is treated and avoiding swallowing water while swimming in lakes or pools.
  • Personal Hygiene: Regular hand washing, especially after using the restroom, handling raw meat, or interacting with animals.

Henderson E. coli Statistics

Clark County, Nevada, records E. coli statistics per quarter of each year. Across the three years, 2022 had the highest number of cases reported. The largest spike was in 2022 Q1, with 26 cases, compared to Q1 in 2021 and 2023, with 8 cases. The number of cases for Q1 2024 was 19.

2021 2022 2023
Q1 8 26 8
Q2 19 18 16
Q3 22 10 18
Q4 5 18 15
Total 54 72 57


In April 2024, an E. coli outbreak linked to organic walnuts occurred. The products were recalled from stores in 19 states, including Nevada. Fortunately, the cases of E. coli symptoms were limited, affecting 12 people in total, all of whom were from California and Washington.

Contact Us to Get the Ball Rolling on Your Case

If you or a loved one has been affected by an E. coli infection, don’t go through this challenging period alone. The Lange Law Firm is here to assist individuals like you with E. coli cases. Our skilled team will carefully examine your situation and work to secure the compensation you deserve.

Call us today at (833) 330-3663 or email us for a free consultation. Let us provide the support and legal expertise you need. Don’t delay—contact us now to take the first step toward justice and recovery.