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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared to be over the foodborne illness outbreak caused by Salmonella-contaminated chicken salad.
Chicken salad made by Triple T Specialty Meats and distributed by Fareway Stores in the Midwest sickened 265 people across eight states. Ninety-four people were hospitalized in the outbreak, and one Iowa resident died.
The outbreak began Jan. 8; the final illness was reported March 20. People who were sickened by the Salmonella-contaminated chicken salad ranged in age from less than 1 year to 89 years. Sixty-seven percent of the victims were female.
The eight states reporting illnesses: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, Iowa – the home state of Triple T Specialty Meats (Ackley) – experienced the majority of the cases (240).
An Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman said a woman in eastern Iowa died from the same strain of Salmonella identified in the chicken salad outbreak. The spokeswoman did not attribute the death to the chicken salad because the woman wasn’t interviewed about what she ate before she died.
A CDC spokeswoman, however, confirmed that the Iowa woman died of the outbreak strain, and said that meets the agency’s criteria for inclusion in the outbreak statistics.
chicken salad recalls
After learning of the outbreak from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) on Feb. 9, Fareway pulled the Salmonella-contaminated chicken salad from its stores and issued a voluntarily recall. Fareway officials revealed at that time that the Salmonella-contaminated chicken salad had been supplied by Triple T Specialty Meats.
Triple T Specialty Meats, however, did not issue a recall until Feb. 21. On that date, the company also pulled 20,600 pounds of chicken salad made between Jan. 2 and Feb. 7 and packaged for Fareway.
chicken salad: bacteria facts
Salmonella annually sickens about 1 million U.S. citizens. About 19,000 of those victims need to be hospitalized, and 380 of them will die.
Salmonella bacteria produce salmonellosis. Symptoms generally occur within 12 to 36 hours, although they can present as early as six hours or as late as three days after ingestion.
Symptoms, which generally last four to seven days, include:
- diarrhea, which can be bloody
- abdominal pain
- muscle pains.
Complications of Salmonella
A Salmonella infection can turn dangerous when diarrhea becomes so severe that it causes dehydration. If that occurs, hospitalization is usually required.
When dehydration occurs in certain people — especially the very young nd very old, pregnant women, transplant recipients, and people with weakened immune systems — the development of complications can become dangerous.
Those complications can include:
Dehydration: If not enough water is consumed to replace fluid lost from diarrhea, dehydration can occur. Warning signs of dehydration include:
- decreased output of urine
- mouth that becomes dry
- sunken eyes
- a decreased production of tears.
Bacteremia: If the Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream, bacteremia results. It can infect tissues throughout the body, including:
- the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
- the lining of the heart and/or valves (endocarditis)
- the bones, or bone marrow (osteomyelitis)
- the lining of blood vessels, especially if there is a vascular graft.
Reactive arthritis: Anyone who has a Salmonella infection is at a higher risk of developing reactive arthritis, or Reiter’s syndrome. Reactive arthritis typically causes the following symptoms:
- eye irritation
- painful urination
- painful joints.
chicken salad: lawsuit facts
Forty-eight people have filed lawsuits against Triple T Specialty Meats and Fareway Stores, a Boone, IA-based grocery chain. More lawsuits are undoubtedly on the way.
If you became ill after eating Salmonella-contaminated chicken salad and wish to pursue a lawsuit, call Elliot Olsen at (612) 337-6126. He has almost three decades of experience in personal injury cases, many involving Salmonella poisoning. He knows the questions to ask to help you and your family get the peace of mind and compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.