About E. coli

Presented By Marler Clark The nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness outbreaks.

Real Life Impacts of E. coli Infection and HUS

What are the real life impacts of E. coli infection?

Because the illnesses caused by the ingestion of E. coli bacteria range from mild to severe, the real life impacts of E. coli infection vary from person to person. 


While anyone can become ill with an E. coli infection, very young children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are most likely to develop severe illness and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  Best estimates indicate that between 5 and 10% of people diagnosed with E. coli infection develop HUS.

Most E. coli patients with HUS recover within a few weeks, but the real life impacts of E. coli infection and HUS can be devastating.  Some HUS patients—even healthy older children, young and mature adults—suffer permanent organ damage or die. 

A few families whose lives have been permanently altered by this devastating pathogen volunteered to share their stories: