Stroupe Farm Raw Milk Source of E. coli Outbreak in Missouri
Missouri public health officials announced in early April, 2012 that raw (unpasteurized) milk was the source of an E. coli outbreak among Missouri residents. 14 E. coli cases have been reported in Boone, Cooper, Camden, Howard and Jackson counties. Raw milk is the only common exposure among 9 of the E. coli victims. Two children were hospitalized with HUS. One remained hospitalized as of May 2.
Stroupe Farm halted the sale of its raw milk after the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services identified it as the common exposure to E. coli among at least 9 people who reported drinking raw milk from the farm before becoming ill with E. coli. All 14 E. coli outbreak patients have similar lab results, geographic proximity, and/or case history for potential exposure to Stroupe Farm raw milk.
Raw Milk E. coli Outbreaks
Raw milk has been identified as the source of several E. coli outbreaks, including a 2008 E. coli outbreak among Missouri residents. Milk can be contaminated with E. coli at various stages during production.
The Marler Clark attorneys have represented victims of several raw milk E. coli outbreaks in lawsuits and litigation against raw milk producers and sellers, including the 2008 raw milk E. coli outbreak in Missouri.
E. coli infection and HUS
E. coli infections are characterized by acute gastroenteritis. E. coli infection symptoms include abdominal pain and severe stomach cramps, followed within 24 hours by diarrhea. The diarrhea caused by E. coli is often bloody. The incubation period, or the time from ingestion of E. coli bacteria until the symptoms start, is generally 2-4 days. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a severe complication of E. coli infection that can result in acute kidney failure. A small percentage of E. coli outbreak victims – mostly young children and elderly people – suffer this complication. The Marler Clark attorneys have represented over 1,000 E. coli outbreak victims; over 100 of those suffered HUS.
Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after consuming raw milk or other food 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 foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.
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