Four children in Kentucky have been hospitalized with E. coli HUS, including kidney failure, as part of an outbreak of E. coli that also has sickened two other children. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is investigating and has determined that the affected children range in age from 18 months to six years old. HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome, is a life-threatening disease that can strike a person of any age, but infants, toddlers and young children are most at risk for developing the complication when exposed to any type of E. coli that emits potent Shiga toxins. Food poisoning is a common cause of outbreaks, but the E. coli bug also crops up in groups of children from petting zoos. Your child has the right to sue in either case.
Attorneys at the PritzkerOlsen law firm have helped many children with HUS E. coli get compensation and justice. The firm has begun its own investigation of the Kentucky outbreak and is providing free case consultations to the affected families. You can click here to contact our lawyers now. The cases at hand in Kentucky include a pair of siblings and two other children from Hardin County, one child from Oldham County and one child from Boone County. A case from Nelson county was also recently reported but is not believed to be part of the outbreak. State health officials are awaiting test results that will confirm if the cases are linked. At this point, the cases are believed to be associated based on “time and place” of possible exposure.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is based in Frankfort. One of the agency's key tools used to investigate outbreaks is a program of Epidemiology Rapid Response Teams. These teams are deployed to get answers about outbreaks before they spread to other people. "The Epi Rapid Responders are a small group of multi-disciplinary investigators who mount immediate, comprehensive response to reports of disease outbreaks,'' the health department said. "Teams ordinarily include a nurse, environmentalist and epidemiologist at the local health department level.''