Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Camp Lutherhaven E. coli O26 Outbreak


At least five kitchen workers at Camp Lutherhaven in north Idaho have been made ill with E. coli O26. Three others are also sick, but have yet to be linked to the outbreak. None of the more than 300 campers were infected and a review of the camp conducted by Idaho Panhandle Health officials showed no problems with the camp’s food handling procedures. As of July 1, it is believed workers contracted their infections in their living quarters.

Non O157:H7 E. coli Dangers

Though E. coli O157:H7 is most commonly recognized as dangerous E. coli, there are other forms, such as E. coli O26 that can be equally harmful. Currently the U.S. does not regulate these strains of E. coli. In an effort to protect consumers, Marler Clark has filed a petition with the United States Department of Agriculture to ban these dangerous pathogens from our food supply.

E. coli Symptoms and Risks

The symptoms of an E. coli infection are often gastrointestinal pain, cramping, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Though an infection often resolves after a number of days, some victims require hospitalization and, in rare cases, a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) may occur. HUS causes acute kidney failure and may lead to death.

Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and other illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other illnesses, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on food and waterborne illness litigation. You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.

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