The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new information about the salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef sold by the Hannaford Supermarket chain, which operates in grocery stores in the Northeastern United States. According to the CDC, there are now at least 19 persons reportedly infected by the Salmonella Tyhpimurium strain, which has concerned CDC officials because of its apparent resistence to several commonly prescribed antibiotics. The CDC further cautions that this resistance may be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization. Click here to read the CDC's latest report.
The 19 victims is up from the 16 victims last identified in the CDC's December 20, 2011 update. The victims have been identified in the following states: New York (5), New Hampshire (6), Massachusettes (1), Vermont (1), Maine (4), Kentucky (1), and Hawaii (1). There may be additional victims yet to be identified by the CDC, as there is typically a lag between the time the illness occurs and the time it is reported to the CDC.
On December 15, 2011, Hannaford issued a recall of an undetermined amount of fresh ground beef products with sell-by dates of December 17, 2011, or earlier. Symptoms of infectation include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. In some cases, infection may cause severe dehydration and hospitalization.
Dreyer Boyajian has been retained to represent a Watervliet, NY, man who was infected with Salmonella after purchasing ground beef at the Latham Farms Hannaford Supermarket in early November and, as a consequence, experienced diarrhea and other symptoms before lasping into a coma at Samaritan Hospital. Don Boyajian, the lead partner on the case, was recently interviewed by TWEN ABC News Channel 10, which can be viewed by clicking on this link.
If you or a loved one has been infected with Salmonella, contact an attorney at Dreyer Boyajian LLP for a free consultation.