Today Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of Raymond Cirimele, another victim of the Salmonella outbreak linked to salami manufactured by Daniele, Inc., and black pepper sold by Wholesome Spice Company and Overseas Spice Company. Another suit was filed on behalf of a Missouri man named Lee Hanks last week.
Raymond Cirimele regularly purchased the now-recalled salami product at a Costco in Cook County. He fell ill in November 2009 with symptoms of Salmonella infection, and visited his primary care physician. He was ill for almost a month, and visited his doctor several times about his illness. When a test revealed that he had been infected by the outbreak strain of Salmonella montevideo, Mr. Cirimele was placed on antibiotics. He is still recovering from his illness.
As of 9:00 pm EST on February 10, 2010, a total of 225 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo, which displays either of two closely related PFGE patterns, have been reported from 44 states and District of Columbia since July 1, 2009. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AK (1), AL (2), AZ (6), CA (30), CO (4), CT (5), DC (1), DE (2), FL (3), GA (3), IA (1), ID (2), IL (15), IN (3), KS (3), LA (1), MA (13), MD (1), ME (1), MI (4), MN (5), MO (2), MS (1), NC (10), ND (1), NE (1), NH (2), NJ (8), NM (2), NY (18), OH (9), OK (1), OR (9), PA (6), RI (2), SC (1), SD (3), TN (5), TX (7), UT (9), VA (1), WA (17), WI (1), WV (1), and WY (2). Because the main Salmonella Montevideo outbreak PFGE pattern is commonly occurring in the United States, public health investigators may determine that some of the illnesses are not part of this outbreak.