Salmonella outbreaks over the last few months have been taking up the time for the victims, the investigators and ultimately for our firm – thus, I’m in the office this sunny Saturday.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection begin anywhere from 6 to 72 hours after a person ingests Salmonella bacteria and typically last 3 to 7 days, though in some cases Salmonella infection can last longer and is sometimes fatal. Symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration. In some cases they may include vomiting, headache, and body aches.

In 2009, over 40,000 cases of Salmonella (13.6 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by public health laboratories across the nation, representing a decrease of approximately 15% from the previous year, but a 4.2% increase since 1996.  Overall, the incidence of Salmonella in the United States has not significantly changed since 1996.

Only a small proportion of all Salmonella infections are diagnosed and reported to health departments. It is estimated that for every reported case, there are approximately 38.6 undiagnosed infections. The CDC estimates that 1.4 million cases, 15,000 hospitalizations, and 400 deaths are caused by Salmonella infections in the U.S. every year.

Butterball Turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund Outbreak:A total of 7 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund were reported from 3 states.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 19, 2018 to March 16, 2019.

One person was hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that ground turkey produced by Butterball, LLC was the likely source of this outbreak.

On March 13, 2019, Butterball, LLC recalled approximately 78,164 pounds of ground turkey products that may have been contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

Caito Cut Fruit Salmonella Carrau Outbreak:A total of 117 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from 10 states.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 4, 2019 to April 8, 2019.

32 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Most of the ill people are adults over the age of 50 years.

Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that pre-cut melons supplied by Caito Foods LLC is the likely source of this outbreak.

On April 12, 2019, Caito Foods LLC recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods LLC facility in Indianapolis, Ind.

Jensen Tuna  Salmonella Newport Outbreak:Thirteen people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from seven states.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019.

Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that frozen, raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna is the likely source of this outbreak.

On April 15, 2019, Jensen Tuna recalled frozen, ground tuna products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

Turkey Salmonella Reading Outbreak: A total of 358 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading were reported from 42 states.

133 people were hospitalized. One death was reported.

The last reported illness began on March 31, 2019.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that many types of turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick.

The outbreak strain was identified in samples taken from raw turkey products, raw turkey pet food, and live turkeys. Several turkey products have been recalled because they might have been contaminated with Salmonella.

A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys was not identified.The Public Health Agency of Canadavhas identified ill people in Canada infected with Salmonella Reading bacteria with the same DNA fingerprint.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.