Atlanta White Water Waterpark E. coli O157:H7 Litigation
In the summer of 1998, 26 children became ill from E. coli O157:H7 contracted while playing in the kiddie pool at White Water Park, a commercial water park in suburban Atlanta. Seven of those children were hospitalized and a 2-year-old gorl died from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a kidney disorder caused by E. coli O157:H7.
Operators of the pool initially denied responsibility for the E. coli outbreak, but investigators determined that the chlorine level in the pool was well below the local health standard on the days when the water was contaminated, greatly increasing the risk of infection.
Marler Clark represented most of the victims and their families, eventually obtaining multi million dollar settlements. The incident increased national awareness of the hazards of water contamination, prompting the industry to pay closer attention to pool cleaning and chlorine.
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