The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the source of a foodborne illness – Salmonella Bareilly – that has sickened 100 people in 19 states. While no one has died from the infection, 10 people have become so ill from the infection that they required hospitalization.
In a foodborne illness outbreak such as this one, the CDC interviews those who have become ill to trace the source of the illness. So far, 70% of those interviewed report eating sushi within a week prior to becoming ill. In South Carolina, some of those who have become ill report that they purchased sushi at a grocery store.
The CDC and FDA will alert the public and take steps to prevent additional illness. Currently, the state with the highest incidence of illness is New York with 23 cases followed by Wisconsin and Illinois.
Symptoms of Salmonella Illness
People infected with the Salmonella Bareilly infection usually become ill within 12 to 24 hours after infection. The illness can last between four to seven days and symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
In severe cases, people can develop reactive arthritis which is a cnronic condition which is difficult to treat. Symptoms can include:
- Joint pain
- Eye irritation
- Painful urination
Foodborne illness can be deadly, especially to elderly adults, babies and those with compromised immune systems. Illness in pregnant women can cause a miscarriage.
Foodborne Illness Attorney
Salmonella food poisoning can be serious and have long-term health effects. In some cases, the illness is contracted at a restaurant, nursing home or day care center when proper hygiene and sanitation measures have not bee followed.
If you or a loved one has become seriously ill or if a loved one has died from a case of food poisoning and you have legal questions, contact The Farber Law Group, a personal injury with a successful track record of obtaining compensation for those who have become ill due to food poisoning.