E. coli outbreak: Second St. Louis outbreak linked to cafeteria


ST. LOUIS, MO — St. Louis health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the SBC Center. This is the second foodborne illness outbreak to hit St. Louis this month. Several individuals have shown symptoms of E. coli infection, which include nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.

Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm nationally recognized for its successful representation of victims of foodborne illness, has been retained by the family of one victim stricken with an E. coli infection, one of thirteen employees who were hospitalized after eating food at an onsite catered cafeteria. A taco salad is the suspected source of the outbreak.

“The people we are in touch with are very sick,” said William Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark. “They have incurred significant medical bills; have missed time at work, and, what’s worse, suffered a great deal. We are committed to doing what we can to help them, as well as any other victims of outbreaks in the area.” Added Marler, “Having represented outbreak victims for over ten years now, this is the first time I can remember there being two major outbreaks in one city at the same time.”

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BACKGROUND: Marler Clark has extensive experience representing victims of foodborne illnesses. William Marler represented Brianne Kiner in her $15.6 million settlement with Jack in the Box. Marler Clark resolved the Odwalla Juice E. coli outbreak for five families whose children developed HUS and were severely injured after consuming contaminated apple juice for $12 million. Marler Clark recently settled claims on behalf of seventy victims of Salmonella poisoning at a country club in Rochester, New York, and has successfully represented over 1,000 victims of Salmonella poisoning in several other states. Total recoveries exceed $75 million.

For more information on E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, visit www.about-ecoli.com, www.about-salmonella.com, and www.foodborneillness.com, sites sponsored by the Marler Clark attorneys.