CCC Alternative Learning Daycare E. coli Outbreak LawsuitIn June of 2002, Fort Worth, Texas public health officials became aware of an E. coli outbreak, including five culture-positive cases and at least one case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), among Tarrant County residents. During its investigation into the outbreak, the Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPHD) learned that all of the victims were associated with the CCC Alternative Learning Program Daycare in Fort Worth, Texas; 12 children who attended the daycare, one daycare staff member, and one parent of a daycare attendee had all fallen ill with E. coli infections.
The TCPDH inspection of the daycare revealed several public health safety issues, including that that staff, parents and children reported frequently eating portable lunches on the daycare grounds by a pond. The pond collected run-off from a pasture that held grazing cattle, and TCPDH reported that several samples of pond water confirmed a heavy concentration of E. coli O157:H7.
The lawyers at Marler Clark represented the family of a little girl who became ill with E. coli and HUS in litigation against the daycare facility. The law firm filed an E. coli lawsuit against CCC Alternative Learning Daycare, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.