E. coli outbreak linked to Opelika, Alabama Water Park


At least 13 people in Lee County, Alabama have been made ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to SportsPlex and Aquatic Center in Opelika Alabama. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health 13 children and two adults experienced intense gastrointestinal symptoms after swimming at the water park between June 4 and June 22. As of June 28, five children had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 infections. Four children were initially hospitalized and two remain hospitalized at Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.

E. coli in Swimming Pools

E. coli and other waterborne illnesses can be spread in recreational waters when swimmers swallow, breath in, or come into contact with contaminated water, mists, or aerosols. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people refrain from swimming when they have diarrhea and avoid swallowing water in common swimming areas as well as streams and lakes. Adults and children should always shower with soap before swimming. Parents of small children should do the following: take children on bathroom breaks often, do not change diapers at poolside, wash children with soap before swimming.

E. coli poisoning Symptoms

An E. coli O157:H7 infection typically results in gastrointestinal pain, cramping, vomiting, dehydration, and bloody diarrhea. Though symptoms often pass after a number of days, victims are encouraged to seek medical attention as the infection may lead to Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a sometimes fatal condition that results in acute kidney failure.

Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after swimming 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 water and foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other water and foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on water and foodborne 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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