E. Coli Outbreak in College Station Tied to Local Restaurant

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 20-May-2013

An E. Coli outbreak in College Station left several children seriously ill, the Brazos County Health Department reported. Although officials have not yet identified the source, they identified that the E. Coli was associated with a local restaurant.

Authorities said two children were hospitalized by the dangerous strain of E. Coli and required dialysis and blood transfusions as a result of the outbreak.

In addition, three adults were sickened in cases tied to the outbreak.

Officials are still investigating the E. Coli sicknesses and are expected to announce more at a scheduled press conference.

The strain of E. Coli was identified by health department authorities as 0157:H7.

Although some types of food poisoning are minor, other outbreaks of E. Coli and Salmonella can be extremely serious, especially for children and elderly, who have weaker immune systems. Some of the symptoms associated with E. Coli infections include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps

In addition to some of the uncomfortable symptoms tied to such an outbreak, some, more serious and fatal strains can result in kidney failure and may occur as long as two weeks after the onset of symptoms.

Food Poisoning and Causes of E. Coli Infections

Poorly cooked meat and improper storage can make processed meats and foods a breeding ground for E. Coli bacterium. Training employees with the proper techniques of storage, cleanliness and contact with various raw meats is vital to protecting families frequenting businesses serving foods at risk of the bacterium. In addition, proper cooking is imperative to killing present bacterium. Additionally, poor hand washing techniques can provoke the spread of E. Coli by people to objects and food.

Serious outbreaks caused by the negligence of employees and businesses can result in serious illness and medical bills that would not have otherwise been incurred by families and individuals. If you’ve been sickened by E. Coli infection, call our food poisoning attorneys in Bryan, Texas, San Antonio, Austin and across the state for a free initial consultation. We care. We can help.

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