According to a press release from the Dayton & Montgomery County, as a result of eating food at a picnic at Neff’s Lawn Care in Germantown, Ohio at least 36 individuals have become ill. Of those, 9 have been hospitalized. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is continuing an investigation into the cause of the foodborne outbreak. Estimates are that as many as 200-300 people may have attended an annual customer appreciation picnic held by Neff’s Lawn Care, 9400 Ekhart Road, on July 3. Of the ill, 5 have been confirmed to be infected by E. coli O157:H7.
This is not Ohio’s first dance with this deadly bug. Here are just a few examples from outbreaks past where Marler Clark represented extremely ill people, or the families of those who died:
- Tyson Fresh Meats Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak (2011)
- J & B Meats Ground Beef E. coli Outbreak (2011)
- Palmyra Bologna E. coli Outbreak (2011)
- Nestle Raw Cookie Dough E. coli Outbreak (2009)
And the list goes on. Here is a complete listing of past E. coli outbreaks in Ohio, or that involved Ohio residents, courtesy of Marler Clark’s www.outbreakdatabase.com.
Then, of course, there is the illness and death of Abby Fenstermaker. Abby died after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) from an E. coli contaminated hamburger produced by Valley Meats, LLC in 2009. The video embedded in the link to Abby’s story is difficult to watch.