The number of illnesses related to a raw ground beef outbreak strain of e. coli, with potential to cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), is now at 196, with 28 being hospitalized. Consumers in 10 states have been affected. The outbreak began in Kentucky and Georgia and has spread to neighboring states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that raw ground beef is responsible for the growing number of illnesses related to e. coli contamination but have not yet identified a specific supplier as the source. There is no final count on the number facing
hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
, or how many will seek to file an HUS lawsuit
Start dates for the e. coli illnesses range from March 1, 2019, to April 19, 2019. Illnesses that may have started after these dates there is not final count on the number facing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) may not yet be identified given the onset period post-acute gastroenteritis and diagnostic requirements.
Those interviewed stated that they had eaten ground beef prior to becoming sick. They bought or ate the ground beef at different locations, including grocery stores and restaurants. Many reported that they bought large trays or chubs of ground beef from grocery stores and used the meat to make dishes like spaghetti sauce and sloppy joe.
Two companies have recalled their raw ground beef products after discovering they are potentially contaminated with e. coli. Grant Park Packing in Franklin Park, Illinois, recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products on April 24, 2019. K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Georgia, recalled approximately 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products on April 23, 2019. These products were sold to restaurants and institutions.
Kentucky has the highest number of illnesses related to e. coli contamination, with 69. Tennessee has 55 illnesses and Georgia has 49 related to the outbreak. Additional states affected by the e. coli outbreak are Florida (5), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), Ohio (12), and Virginia (2).
For more information about the raw ground beef outbreak strain of e. coli, a
hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) lawsuit
or to speak to a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.