July 9, 2007: Huntsville, Alabama, E. coli Outbreak Ongoing
Submitted by webmaster on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 17:54
Steve Doyle of the Hunstville Times reports that the E. coli outbreak in Huntsville, Alabama, continues to grow. According to Dr. Debra Williams of the Madison County Health Department, eight more individuals have tested positive for E. coli bringing the total to 14 confirmed cases. Most of the victims are children or young adults, and five remain hospitalized. Doctor Williams also indicated that the source of the outbreak remains a mystery, although many of the victims ate at Little Rosie's Taqueria on Whitesburg Drive in late June. Initial symptoms of E. coli food poisoning may include abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea. The diarrhea may become bloody, and can lead to dehydration. Fever may or may not be present. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Symptoms usually resolve in 5-10 days. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of E. coli infection, may occur in about 2%-7% of cases. HUS is characterized by destruction of red blood cells, damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, and in severe cases, kidney failure. Children and the elderly are at greatest risk for developing HUS. The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the United States. For a free case evaluation, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click on free case evaluation. To learn more about E. coli food poisoning, click on About E. coli and/or Common Symptoms and Complications. You can also visit our website www.foodpoisoning.com.