At Least 68 Sickened in Fast Food Salmonella Outbreak

Nation's Restaurant News and the Centers for Disease Control are reporting on an outbreak of "produce-related" Salmonella Enteritidis cases tied to an unnamed Mexican fast food restaurant.

While the outbreak is believed to have run its course, the CDC conducted an in-depth analysis of the outbreak in an effort to determine the specific menu item or items associated with the outbreak. Most of the cases occurred in Texas, with other illnesses reported as far as Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. According to their report, which can be accessed here, 90% of the sickened individuals reported eating lettuce, 94% reported eating ground beef at the restaurant, 77% reported eating cheese, and 35% reported eating tomatoes. Despite tracking truck routes, paper receipts, and supplier information, the CDC was unable to identify a single food item responsible for the outbreak.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and cramping within 12 to 72 hours of exposure. In severe cases, the symptoms can range from widespread infection to coma and even death if not quickly treated with antibiotics.

The attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP recently filed suit on behalf of a client against Maine-based Hannaford Bros. Co., a large regional grocery store chain, related to an outbreak of Salmonella. In that case, our client was infected after consuming ground beef purchased at Hannaford's Latham Farms store. The Complaint alleged that shortly after consuming the ground beef, the victim was taken to the emergency room, hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and soon thereafter fell into a coma and suffered other serious injuries.

If you or a loved one thinks you are suffering from a Salmonella infection or other food-borne illness, it is absolutely crucial that you obtain medical treatment. It is also critical that you contact an experienced attorney to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. The team of personal injury attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP in Albany, New York has extensive experience representing both individual clients and entire classes of victims who have suffered due to disease outbreaks. Contact us today for a free consultation at (518) 348-4133.

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