(LEX 18)– There are now 28 confirmed cases of E. Coli in Kentucky counties.
With no identified source of the bacteria, attorney Ryan Osterholm worries that there could be more cases on the way. Osterholm is based in Minneapolis but represents clients nationwide. He said that he’s been contacted by three people in Kentucky who have been affected by this outbreak.
“We just don’t know. we just don’t what it is yet. But I know that the health officials in Kentucky are diligently working on this,” said Osterholm.
Last week, we learned that cases of E. Coli have reached outbreak levels in Kentucky.
“This is a very serious illness that can kill people and unfortunately, the people that usually die are children, and so this is something that really really needs to be taken seriously,” he said.
Osterholm said that his clients could face permanent kidney damage because of E. Coli. He said he’ll be fighting for them and looking for answers.
He believes that health workers will find the source of the bacteria soon.
The public can help prevent E. coli infections by:
Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, handling raw meat and eggs, and after handling or petting animals;
Thoroughly washing produce before eating;
Thoroughly cooking meat;
Cleaning and sanitizing food preparation areas;
Avoiding swallowing lake or pool water;
Drinking only pasteurized milk;
Frequently cleaning and sanitizing restrooms, including doorknobs and faucets; and
Reporting diarrheal illnesses to your physician.
If you believe you have experienced symptoms of illness that could be associated with this E. coli outbreak, please consult your health care provider or your local health department.