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E. Coli Infection Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef

An E. Coli infection outbreak linked to ground beef has sickened 11 people in 4 different states.  Wolverine Packing Company, based out of Detroit, Michigan, is voluntarily recalling 1.8 million pounds of ground beef, which was shipped for retail distribution and restaurant use nationwide.  An investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") as well as state, local, and federal officials, has identified the Wolverine Packing Company to be the likely source of the contamination.  As of May 16, 2014, the CDC has identified ill persons in the states of Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Oregon.    The O157:H7 E. coli strain has been identified as in the cases of illnesses that are part of the outbreak.  The O157:57 strain is a "shinga toxin-producing E. coli", also known as STEC.  Symptoms of E. coli vary from person to person but often include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and low grade fever.  Most individuals feel better within 5-7 days of the infection, however, E. coli can cause very severe illness and even death.  Some individuals develop hemolytic uremic syndrome ("HUS") after the infection, which affects the kidneys and can be life-threatening.  The attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP are experienced in helping victims of foodborne illnesses, including those affected by E. coli.  Dreyer Boyajian LLP was appointed lead class counsel in connection with the 1999 E. coli outbreak at the Washington County Fair in Greenwich, New York, which at the time was the largest waterborne outbreak of E. coli in the country.  To learn more about Dreyer Boyajian LLP's foodborne illness practice, visit our food and waterborne illness page.

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