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Ground Beef E. Coli Lawsuit

Ground Beef E. Coli Lawsuit

Since March 2019, over 100 people were infected with E. coli after eating ground beef.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting ground beef induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with E. coli, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Ground Beef Linked to E. coli Outbreak

April 2019 — Ground beef is the likely source of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 109 people in 6 states, according to an investigation notice posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Outbreak Investigation Details

The earliest illness started on March 2, 2019. Since then, at least 17 people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. No one has developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening type of kidney failure that can occur in people with severe E. coli.

What is the Problem?

Sixty-three (84%) of 75 sick people who were interviewed said they are ground beef at home or in a restaurant before they became ill. No common supplier, store, distributor, or brand has been identified.

The illnesses do have some things in common, according to the CDC:

“Many ill people bought large trays or chubs of ground beef from grocery stores and used the meat to make dishes like spaghetti sauce and sloppy joe.”

How Many People Are Sick?

As of April 12, 2019, there were 109 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103, listed below by state of residence.

Table showing the number of ill people arranged by state of residence.
StateIll People
Indiana1
Georgia17
Kentucky54
Ohio7
Tennessee28
Virginia2
Total109

Symptoms of E. coli Infection

The symptoms of E. coli infections often include very bad stomach cramps, diarrhea that may be bloody, and vomiting. Some people may also have a fever. Most people get better within a week.

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

About 5-10% of people with E. coli infection develop a life-threatening complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. People with HUS need to be hospitalized because their kidneys may stop working and they could die.

Do I have a Ground Beef E. coli Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting ground beef induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with E. coli, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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