E. coli bacteria

Numbers of sickened not reported – source of infection unknown.

Since November 13, 2019, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has seen a significant increase in the number of reported cases of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 infection in Wisconsin.

Notice to health care providers.

There has also been one case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) reported.

The investigation into the source of these infections is ongoing.

DHS is working with local public health departments to interview sick individuals to learn more about their activities, food and water sources, and foods and beverages they consumed before they became sick to identify any potential common source of infection.

E. coli O157 is the most common serogroup of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) reported in the U.S.Symptoms vary but often include stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.

About 5-10% of patients diagnosed with STEC can develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome which may cause kidney failure and prolonged hospitalization.

Additional Resources

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products.  The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s.  We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne Kiner, Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.