Durand High School Campylobacter Outbreak, Attorneys Investigating

The most recent numbers in the Campylobacter outbreak in Durand, Wisconsin, are as follows:

  • 8 confirmed Campylobacter infections in students at Durand High School
  • 50 students with symptoms consistent with a Campylocater infection.

Our attorneys are investigating the Campylobacter outbreak that has swept through Durand High School.

“Most Campylobacter food poisoning cases are caused by contaminated poultry products, primarily chicken,” said Fred Pritzker, a national food litigation attorney who has won millions for victims of Campylobacter food poisoning (campylobacteriosis). “We are also seeing more cases linked to raw milk products, but that is unlikely in this outbreak. Campylobacter is an extremely dangerous pathogen that can cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system, causing temporary or permanent paralysis.”

The investigation involves testing students to determine if they have Campylobacter infections and testing food and lunchroom surfaces (countertops, equipment, etc.) for Campylobacter bacteria. If Campylobacter is found in food or environmental samples, further testing will be done on isolates to see if the bacteria has the same genetic fingerprint as the bacteria that sickened the children. This testing is called Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE).

"PFGE testing is evidence that can be used to connect illnesses to a food source," said Fred. He and his Bad Bug Law Team are some of the few attorneys in the nation who use this kind of evidence to win settlements for food poisoning victims.

You can click here now to contact Fred and his team for your free consultation regarding your child’s illness.

North Carolina Legionella Investigation

Legionnaire's Disease lawyers in our firm are investigating an outbreak of LD in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina, including confirmed cases at Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation. A seventh resident of that particular center was announced this month by the Forsyth County Public Health Department as a victim of the outbreak, which started in June and July. This Legionnaire's Disease outbreak has persisted despite control measures worked out with county and state help. The PritzkerOlsen law firm represents Legionnaire's outbreak victims and is providing free case consultations to families who are dealing with this potentially fatal disease. Click here to contact an attorney who knows how to pursue full compensation.

The initial Forsyth County announcement of the Oak Forest Legionnaire's Disease outbreak said the health care facility would be consulting with an engineering company to conduct a thorough environmental assessment of the water system. Legionnaire's patients often contract the disease from inhaling mist or water vapor contaminated with legionella bacteria, which causes a severe form of pneumonia. Symptoms include high fever, chills, cough, body aches, headache and fatigue. The disease typically begins 2-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Antibiotics can be effective for most patients, but infections can become deadly for older adults and other people who suffer from weakened immune systems from cancer, kidney failure, diabetes or other reason. Smokers, people with chronic lung problems and former smokers also are at higher risk for severe illness.

In North Carolina this year, the state health department has recorded 83 LD cases statewide, including 20 in Forsyth County. At least one of the other county cases was an infection suffered by a patient at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Statewide this year, six people have died from Legionnaire's Disease.

Attorney Fred Pritzker said outbreaks of LD are preventable and he has sued building owners in past outbreaks to hold them accountable for making people sick with contaminated water systems. Hospitals and health care centers are keenly aware of the risks and most facilities are vigilant with water treatment to keep patients safe. Pritzker said building owners are required to take measures to prevent the growth of the bacteria that causes the illness.People sickened by Legionnaires’ Disease have the right to sue for the harm done to them from this illness. These lawsuits are important because they hold building owners accountable and prevent problems from lingering.

E. coli HUS strikes children in Kentucky

Four children in Kentucky have been hospitalized with E. coli HUS, including kidney failure, as part of an outbreak of E. coli that also has sickened two other children. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is investigating and has determined that the affected children range in age from 18 months to six years old. HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome, is a life-threatening disease that can strike a person of any age, but infants, toddlers and young children are most at risk for developing the complication when exposed to any type of E. coli that emits potent Shiga toxins. Food poisoning is a common cause of outbreaks, but the E. coli bug also crops up in groups of children from petting zoos. Your child has the right to sue in either case.

Attorneys at the PritzkerOlsen law firm have helped many children with HUS E. coli  get compensation and justice. The firm has begun its own investigation of the Kentucky outbreak and is providing free case consultations to the affected families. You can click here to contact our lawyers now. The cases at hand in Kentucky include a pair of siblings and two other children from Hardin County, one child from Oldham County and one child from Boone County. A case from Nelson county was also recently reported but is not believed to be part of the outbreak. State health officials are awaiting test results that will confirm if the cases are linked. At this point, the cases are believed to be associated based on “time and place” of possible exposure.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is based in Frankfort. One of the agency's key tools used to investigate outbreaks is a program of Epidemiology Rapid Response Teams. These teams are deployed to get answers about outbreaks before they spread to other people. "The Epi Rapid Responders are a small group of multi-disciplinary investigators who mount immediate, comprehensive response to reports of disease outbreaks,'' the health department said. "Teams ordinarily include a nurse, environmentalist and epidemiologist at the local health department level.'' 

Chicago Restaurant Salmonella Cases

 An epidemiologist with the Chicago Department of Public Health has confirmed a Salmonella outbreak at Esencia Urban Kitchen in Chicago. Alicia Siston, an official with the department's Communicable Disease Program, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that at least five people who ate at the restaurant were sickened. Those who became ill reported eating at the restaurant on August 13 and August 14, she said. The ongoing investigation includes additional interviews and testing food handlers who work there, Siston said.

“We have inspected the restaurant to ensure it meets health code standards,'' she said. "The restaurant is cooperating with the investigation.” 

The public health probe at Esencia, a cafe and restaurant that serves many Mexican dishes from its location on North Broadway Street, has not pinpointed the cause of the Salmonella outbreak. But patrons whose illnesses were confirmed can potentially hold the restaurant liable under U.S. food poisoning law. While it is always best if contaminated food can be found at the restaurant, it is not necessary for a restaurant Salmonella food poisoning lawsuit. The liability of the restaurant can be proven through epidemiology and microbiological tests of outbreak victims if the outbreak has been linked to the restaurant by public health investigators.

Our law firm recently filed a restaurant food poisoning lawsuit against Applebee's restaurants in Minnesota for an outbreak that sickened at least 17 people. That suit is pending in U.S. District Court and there are indications from health officials that it was caused by an ingredient in salad. While most healthy adults withstand the severe diarrhea, stomach pain, fever and other symptoms that come with salmonellosis,  others are hospitalized and face the risk of advanced complications, including prolonged infection, chronic arthritis and death. No deaths have been reported with the current outbreak at Esencia Urban Kitchen. 

Salmonella is the most common bacterial cause of foodborne outbreaks in the United States, sickening about 1.2 million Americans each year. Approximately half of all Salmonella outbreaks occur in restaurant settings. For a free case consultation, please click here to contact a Salmonella lawyer at our firm.

Ropelato Dairy Raw Milk Linked to Campylobacter Illnesses in Utah

Our lawyers are investigating an outbreak of Campylobacter food poisoning linked to drinking raw milk purchased at Ropelato Dairy in Weber County, Utah. To date, 45 cases of illness have been reported from the following counties: Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber. There are also 2 reported cases in California and Idaho.

People over 60 are at higher risk of having severe complications from a Campylobacter infection. We had one client who was paralyzed from the neck down. He drank raw milk that was contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria, fell ill a few days later and then developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which caused the paralysis.

Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty were the lead lawyers for that case. You can call 1-888-377-8900 to contact them about food poisoning from raw milk.

 

Raw Milk Can Cause Campylobacter Food Poisoning

 

Onset dates of the 45 people sickened range from May 9, 2014 to July 21, 2014. The cases range in age from two to 74 years. 

Evidence Linking Ropelato Dairy to the Campylobacter Illnesses

All 45 cases reported drinking raw milk from Ropelato Dairy in Weber County in the week before onset of illness. Tests done by the Utah Department of Agriculture on raw milk samples at the dairy were positive for Campylobacter. This is solid evidence linking the illnesses to raw milk from the dairy.

Peanut Butter Salmonella Lawsuit Expected

U.S. public health experts fear that organic peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella is sitting in home pantries, potentially widening an outbreak of disease that has been confirmed through the most comprehensive type of  genetic fingerprinting of bacteria. A past peanut butter Salmonella outbreak that began in 2008 resulted in deaths and lawsuits, concluding with millions of dollars in insurance liability money paid to victims of the outbreak.

Now a peanut butter Salmonella lawsuit against nSpired Natural Foods Inc. could be in store based on scientific evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that almond and peanut butter made by nSpired is the likely source of an outbreak new on the CDC food poisoning radar. So far, only four case patients have been identified, including one person who was hospitalized. But those cases are widespread and the system is poised to quickly detect any new cases that crop up over the next several months. "The recalled peanut and almond butter products have a long shelf life and may still be in people’s homes, and illnesses may continue to be reported,'' the CDC said. 

Contact a Salmonella attorney if you or a loved one has been sickened by any of the brands of organic peanut butter or almond butter manufactured and recalled by nSpired. The PritzkerOlsen law firm represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks. We represented clients in the 2008 peanut butter Salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corp. of America, including two families who had loved ones who died in the outbreak. That litigation was watched around the world.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isolated Salmonella Braenderup from environmental samples collected from an nSpired Natural Foods facility during routine inspections in January and July 2014, the CDC said. Whole genome sequencing of the bacteria matched Salmonella infections in four people, one each in Iowa, Texas, Connecticut and Tennessee. On August 19, 2014, nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled certain lots of almond and peanut butters because of potential contamination with Salmonella. The recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger. Click here for a complete listing of recalled peanut butter and almond butter. 

Applebees E. coli Cases Stand at 15

 One month after the Minnesota Department of Health associated Applebees restaurants in the state with an outbreak of E. coli O111, the number of publicly announced illnesses stands at 15. The latest press release from the agency said anyone who visited a Minnesota Applebee’s since June 20 and had symptoms of E. coli O111 infection (particularly bloody diarrhea) should contact their health care provider  and inform them of their possible involvement in the outbreak. If you are a confirmed case patient who wants to pursue a legal claim against Applebees, contact E. coli lawyers Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty or Ryan Osterholm at the PritzkerOlsen law firm.

That trio of attorneys filed the first E. coli lawsuit in connection with the Minnesota outbreak linked to Applebee's and they have continued to take on additional clients. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (case 0:14-cv-02907) was filed on behalf of Keith Comstock, who was diagnosed with an E. coli O111 infection after eating at the Applebee’s restaurant in Woodbury, Minnesota, near his home. He ate Oriental Chicken Salad and Applebee's temporarily removed that item from its Minnesota menus during the height of the outbreak investigation. They have since switched suppliers for certain ingredients in that dish and returned it to the menu.

E. coli O111 is a highly toxic foodborne pathogen and Mr. Comstock was sick for weeks. As the lawsuit against Applebees will explain, E. coli infections of this type also present long-term health risks ranging from kidney impairment, severe high blood pressure and other internal dysfunction. In that regard, the Applebees suit will he lawsuit seeks compensation for Mr. Comstock for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages for both now and the future. PrizkerOlsen is a national food safety law firm with offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Attorneys for the firm have won millions for food poisoning victims in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against restaurants, food processors and others.

As a result of Minnesota's scientific investigation into the outbreak, laboratory analysis found that the outbreak strain of E. coli O111 has not previously been detected in the United States. Minnesota Health Department officials have worked with Applebee’s, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and other regulatory partners to determine the precise cause of the outbreak. But even if the cause is not pinpointed, Applebees will continue to be linked to the illnesses.

HUS E. coli Outbreak Follows Petting Zoo

Three Minnesota children have been hospitalized with E. coli disease that public health investigators have associated with contamination from a traveling petting zoo called  Zerebko Zoo Tran. Two of the children developed kidney failure as part of a  well-known and life-threatening complication known as E. coli HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome. One of those two children remains hospitalized with HUS, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a press release.

Faribault, Minn., home of the Rice County Fair, was the site of the largest cluster of illnesses. The Polk County Fair, Olmstead County Fair and Nashwauk's 4th of July celebration also were visited by the petting zoo, resulting in at least one confirmed illness from each event. In all, 13 people have been confirmed as case patients in the outbreak, all infected with the identical strain of E. coli O157:H7, State epidemiologists have genetically matched the E. coli strain to swabs of germs taken from Zerebko Zoo Tran.

HUS E. coli lawyer Fred Pritzker has represented past E. coli patients sickened at petting zoos and livestock shows. His nationally known practice, based in Minnesota, is providing free case consultations to any individual or family sickened in this outbreak. Contact Fred; there are no fees. The Pritzker law firm made national news last month during a food poisoning outbreak at Minnesota Applebees when it filed the outbreak's first E. coli lawsuit.

Negligence claims could arise out of the Minnesota petting zoo outbreak, where there have been severe injuries to children and painful illnesses for adults. As stated by the Minnesota Department of Health, E. coli O157:H7 is commonly found in ruminant animals such as cattle, goats, and sheep. (Ruminants regurgitate their food and rechew it). To minimize health risks to people, petting zoo operators and the events that host such exhibits are supposed to follow protective standards, including well-marked, well-stocked and plentiful hand-washing stations.

People typically become ill at petting zoos and other animal exhibits by getting bacteria on their hands after touching the animals or contaminated surfaces, and then swallowing the germs while eating, drinking or during other hand-to-mouth activities. Contamination can be present on the fur or in the saliva of animals, in the soil where these animals are kept, or on surfaces such as fence railings of animal pens.

Applebee's E. coli Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Our E. coli lawyers are investigating an E. coli O111 outbreak associated with eating Oriental Chicken Salad at certain Applebee's restaurants in Minnesota and Wisconsin between June 23 and June 29, 2014. We are not aware of reports of illness after the 29th.

Here is what we know to date:

  • Minnesota has 15 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O111; and
  • Wisconsin has 2 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O111.

Nine Minnesota Applebees locations have been named by the Minnesota Department of Health: Woodbury, Willmar, Monticello, Bemidji, New Hope, Duluth, Roseville and two locations in Blaine.

Our lawyers are representing people in Minnesota and are available to represent people throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with E. coli O111 food poisoning. You can call 612-338-0202 to contact our lawyers and get your free consultation.

What Caused the E. coli O111 Illnesses?

We are fairly certain what food product caused the illnesses, but we are waiting for additional evidence. What we can say is that the source was almost certainly fresh produce that was contaminated with E. coli O111 bacteria (feces containing the bacteria got on the produce) before being sold to individual Applebee's restaurants. The Oriental Chicken Salad contains cabbage, carrots and greens.

Traceback investigations are still being done to determine from where the tainted produce came -- the field where it was grown, how it was transported, where it was processed, and who distributed it. This can be difficult when fresh produce is involved, particularly when it is tossed together in a salad.

When the outbreak broke, Applebee's in Minnesota pulled Oriental Chicken Salad from its menu, and certain ingredients that went into the salad also were removed from the menu. After taking measures to ensure the salad would be safe, it was put back on the menu.

Applebee's Lawsuit Filed

Our lawyers filed an Applebees E. coli lawsuit  in United States District Court in the District of Minnesota. The suit was filed by E. coli lawyers Fred Pritzker, Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm on behalf of a young man who ate Oriental Chicken Salad at the Applebees in Woodbury, Minnesota. He suffered severe abdominal pain, like he was "getting stabbed in the stomach".

You can call 612-338-0202 to contact Fred, Brendan and Ryan and get your free consultation.

This is not a class action lawsuit because our experience is that our clients get more money when we file individual lawsuits. Also, outbreak injuries can vary significantly, which does not work with class action suits.

 

Cyclospora Food Poisoning in Michigan Associated with Hotel near Detroit Metro Airport

Our law firm is investigating cases of Cyclsopora food poisoning associated with a hotel located near the Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, Michigan. The initial investigation points to food served at events held at the hotel from June 23 and 26, 2014. We are withholding the name of the hotel until we have additional evidence.

These events were attended by people from several states. All of these people were at risk of getting ill. To date, 3 people have laboratory confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. We expect that number to climb in the next few weeks as new test results become available.

There is significant evidence that imported produce caused the illnesses. Past outbreaks of Cyclospora infections (cyclosporiasis) have been caused by restaurant salad, cilantro, basil, raspberries, mesclun and snow peas. Cyclospora is a parasite that lives in tropical and subtropical areas.

Ryan is also representing dozens of people sickened in a 2013 Cyclospora outbreak. Those illnesses were linked to 2 national chain restaurants.

Other Cyclospora Outbreaks - Over 200 Illnesses

In addition to these cases associated with the Detroit area hotel, Ryan and our Bad Bug Law Team are investigating Cyclospora cases in other states that may be connected to restaurants or other events where food was served. All of these cases were most likely caused by imported produce. 

Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have been reported in 18 other states in the last several weeks. Texas has been hardest hit, with 124 cases from 31 counties have been reported since mid-June. Health are having a hard time determining which, if any, of the cases may be related.

You can click here now to contact attorney Ryan Osterholm and our Bad Bug Law Team.