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.