(Updated April 11, 2012) Missouri E. coli investigators have learned that two young children have contracted HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome, as part of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Central Missouri that has sickened five other people as well.
Raw milk is suspected as the source of the Missouri HUS E. coli outbreak, but the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, Missouri Health and Senior Services Director Margaret Donnelly has issued a health advisory to share important information about the outbreak with members of the public and with health care providers.
The E. coli infections and HUS cases have cropped up just in the past few weeks. The children who have HUS kidney failure are 2 years old and 17 months old, respectively. HUS can be fatal and carries a high risk of long-term medical complications, including kidney problems later in life -- some that require transplant. A good E. coli lawyer will take those long-term consequences into consideration when negotiating with the responsible party to cover damages.
National food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen, P.A., is conducting its own investigation of the Missouri HUS E. coli outbreak and answering legal questions for families and individuals who have been affected. Victims can contact an E. coli lawyer at the firm by calling 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free) or by leaving your contact information online and an attorney will call you.
Meanwhile, Donnelly is urging Missouri residents to seek immediate medical help if they have symptoms of toxic E. coli infection, including bloody diarrhea and severe stomach cramps.