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Lawsuit filed in Idaho E. coli outbreak

Lawsuit filed in Idaho E. coli outbreak

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED May 28, 2014

The Marler Clark law firm has filed a lawsuit in Kootenai County Court on behalf of Honey Sayler, who was hospitalized with an E. coli O121 infection linked to Evergreen Fresh Sprouts reportedly served at a Jimmy Johns restaurant in Hayden. Evergreen Fresh Sprouts and the Jimmy John’s restaurant have been named as defendants in the complaint.

At least ten people have been infected by a dangerous strain of E. coli in Washington and Idaho. An epidemiologic investigation has shown that the contaminated food source is clover sprouts from multiple restaurants, including locations of the Jimmy John’s chain. The clover sprouts were manufactured and distributed by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, a company based in Idaho.

“Last week, health officials from both states issued a warning to consumers to avoid raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts. Cultures from seven of the infected individuals have shown that the strain of E. coli involved is one of the dangerous shiga-toxin producing strains called E. coli O121,” said Marler Clark spokesperson Ginger Vaughan in a news release.

“Honey Sayler has tested positive for E. coli O121. Her illness can be traced back to late April when she purchased and consumed a #6 veggie sandwich from a Jimmy John’s restaurant located at 8160 North Cornerstone in Hayden, Idaho. The sandwich contained tainted clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts,” she stated.

“Mrs. Sayler began feeling ill around May 6. Her symptoms became so severe that she sought emergency medical treatment at the Kootenai Hospital Medical Center in Coeur d Alene. She was treated with intravenous fluids for rehydration and underwent a CT scan to try and determine the cause of severe gastrointestinal pain,” Clark added.

Soon after being discharged, she was admitted to Sacred Heart, a larger regional medical center in Spokane. She was hospitalized and, ultimately, tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O121 tied to the clover sprouts outbreak from Evergreen Clover Sprouts. Mrs. Sayler is currently at home recovering from her illness, the release said.

E. coli O121 symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps, and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. The toxin has an incubation period of two to eight days.