A Seattle law firm known for litigating Ecoli cases nationwide has filed a lawsuit against the petting zoo allegedly at the center of the Ecoli outbreak in Florida. Nineteen children and three adults are confirmed to have caught the bacteria. They all attended central Florida fairs and came in contact with animals from the Ag-Venture Farm show. Attorney Bill Marler represents Yvonne Miller of Orlando who became ill after attending the Central Florida Fair.
"Actually didn't even go into the petting zoo area, was just outside watching her kids ride on another ride and leaned against a railing and that's how we believe that she actually contracted the Ecoli bacteria. She suffered mild hemolytic uremic syndrome and was hospitalized for 5 days and required blood transfusions. This outbreak in Florida is frankly the largest group of extremely sick children that I've seen in an outbreak and my hope is that we learn from this."
The Florida Department of Health reports out of 35 samples taken from animals at the Ag-venture petting zoo, only one is positive for the same strain of Ecoli found in the human cases. Yet even in that case, tests did not prove a connection Marler says this could be because it's been a number of weeks since the transmission and the animals could have already shed the disease. Tests continue.
Tuesday, 05 April 2005 01:00