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E. Coli Lawyer | Maryland E. Coli Outbreak

Maryland E. Coli Outbreak — Romaine Lettuce Strikes Again

The CDC announced its investigation of an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 40 people in 16 states. Three of those are from Maryland. CDC is advising that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region. “History is repeating itself,” said E. Coli lawyer  Jory Lange. “It looks like we are in the midst of another Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak. The same thing happened last year when a Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak broke just before Thanksgiving.”

Is Maryland Included in the Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak?

Yes. At least 3 people in Maryland have gotten E. Coli in the Romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak.  We expect the case counts to rise. It typically takes a couple of weeks for cases to be reported and included in the case counts. There are probably already more people who are sick. Their cases just have not been fully reported yet.

Has Romaine Lettuce Been Recalled?

Yes, the FDA has urged consumers not to eat Romaine lettuce from the Salina, California growing region.  If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information for its growing area or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm it is from outside Salinas. Suppliers, distributors and other supply chain partners should also not sell or ship any romaine lettuce from Salinas.

How did E. Coli get in romaine lettuce?

Most E. coli outbreaks start with animal feces getting into our food. So whenever we see an E. coli outbreak, one of the first things we ask is how did animal feces get into our food. In one of last year’s Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreaks, we saw Romaine lettuce in Yuma, Arizona being grown downstream from a concentrated cattle feeding operation. Cow feces got into the irrigation water. And that irrigation water was then used on Romaine lettuce crops. The result was one of the worst E. coli outbreaks we’ve ever seen.

Can you sue for E. Coli food poisoning?

Yes. A lawyer can help you sue for the compensation you deserve for your E. coli food poisoning.  You may be able to sue the restaurant, grocery store, or food manufacturer. You can seek compensation for medical bills, wages lost during your illness and recovery, and pain and suffering.

How do you prove E. Coli food poisoning?

First you need a stool (poop) test to prove that you have E. coli.

What are the signs and symptoms of E. coli?

8 early signs and symptoms of E. coli 0157:H7 infection:

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Stomach cramps (abdominal pain)
  • Diarrhea that often is bloody.
  • Fever of about 100 F to 101 F (37.7 C to 38.3 C)
  • Malaise.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Mild dehydration.

What should you do if you think you have E. Coli?

If you think you have E. coli, call your doctor.  Ask your doctor for a stool (poop) test.  A stool test is the gold standard by which E. coli infections are diagnosed.

E. coli infections can be life threatening.  If you think you may have been infected with E. coli, seek medical help.

Jory Lange: Experienced E. Coli Attorney

E. Coli Lawyer Jory Lange

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