Several children in Washington State have been struck by sickness after consuming yogurt contaminated by E. coli. According to a news report, the state has linked the Pure Eire Dairy Farm in Othello to the contaminated yogurt.
While these products have already been pulled from store shelves, nearly a dozen children across the state have already been sickened. The children were treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Serious and Permanent Damage
The report states at least three of the children, including a 7-year-old girl, have suffered a severe kidney disease known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome or HUS. The girl developed a serious case of HUS, which sent her to the ICU and required her to receive dialysis and transfusions. After the Department of Health tracked the child’s illness to the yogurt, the owners of Pure Eire dairy announced on their website that they are pulling all of their yogurt products.
HUS is a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 10. It often causes damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, destroys red blood cells, and leads to kidney failure. In all, 11 children have been hospitalized, six of them aged under 10, and one of them just 1 year old. Many have suffered kidney damage. The children have likely suffered permanent health consequences and will feel the effects for the rest of their lives. Anyone who has purchased these products is urged to return them to the store for a full refund.
Our hearts go out to the families of these young children who have suffered serious and irreversible effects as a result of doing something as normal as eating yogurt. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
If You Have Been Affected
If you have fallen ill due to an E. coli infection caused by contaminated or defective food products, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, food processor, retailer, and/or restaurant that supplied you with the tainted food. You may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Experienced food poisoning lawyers will be able to provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.