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Second E. coli O157:H7 lawsuit filed against Bravo Farms Raw Milk Dutch Style Gouda Cheese Linked to Outbreak in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada – more to follow

Screen shot 2010-11-10 at 2.57.49 PM.pngFrom our Complaint filed in Arizona moments ago – On or about October 17 or 18, 2010, Shannon Miller consumed a sample of Bravo Farms’ Dutch Style Gouda Cheese at the Costco Warehouse located at 1703 West Bethany Home Road in Phoenix, Arizona. The sample was contaminated by E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, a potentially lethal foodborne pathogen. Onset of symptoms related to Mrs. Miller’s E. coli O157:H7 infection occurred on or about the morning of October 24, 2010, with abdominal cramps and diarrhea. By that evening, the bouts of diarrhea had become severe, and were occurring with increasing frequency. Mrs. Miller’s symptoms worsened dramatically over the course of the next two days, and by October 26, 2010, she was suffering from agonizing episodes of vomiting in addition to her fever, severe abdominal cramps, and frequent bouts of diarrhea. Accordingly, the same day, Mrs. Miller sought help at the emergency department at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. A CT scan done in the ER showed that Mrs. Miller’s colon was severely inflamed. She was admitted to the hospital for further treatment. The night of October 26, 2010 was long and difficult due to the severity of Mrs. Miller’s symptoms. The bouts of diarrhea were uncontrollable, and Mrs. Miller’s body, in particular her abdomen, hurt badly. She was treated with intravenous fluids, anti-nausea medications, antibiotics, and morphine. Mrs. Miller would remain hospitalized until Thursday evening, October 28, 2010. She was discharged with prescriptions for Levaquin (an antibiotic) and Florastor (to restore the balance of microbiota in her gastrointestinal tract), and with instructions to remain under strict quarantine for a period of at least 10 days.

And, here is the third Complaint: Chavez – Complaint.pdf