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Spartanburg, South Carolina E. coli Outbreak Linked to El Mexicano Restaurant

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), at least 11 people have become ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. Two of the victims have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure.

DHEC and the El Mexicano Mexican restaurant in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Spartanburg announced on May 16 that El Mexicano is the restaurant responsible for the E. coli outbreak.

E. coli illness 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 ate at a Spartanburg-area Mexican restaurant and became ill with an E. coli infection after consuming contaminated food and are 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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