Can I Sue for Campylobacter?

Attorney Brendan Flaherty and our Bad Bug Law Team have won millions for people sickened by food. In addition to practicing law, Brendan is currently teaching a course on food litigation at a local law school. As an example of the dangers of contaminated food, he has discussed a case involving a man who was paralyzed after drinking contaminated raw milk. This client’s infection developed into Guillain-Barrè syndrome (GBS). Brendan and our team sued a dairy and grocery store, winning a multimillion-dollar settlement for this client and his wife.

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What is Campylobacter?

CampylobacterCampylobacter is the name of a genus of a spiral-shaped bacteria found primarily in the intestines of birds–especially poultry–and other animals. Many birds can carry these bacteria without becoming ill. It is estimated that nearly half of all chicken meat in the U.S. has some of this bacteria on it. Untreated water can also be contaminated from animal or human feces.

This bacteria causes campylobacteriosis, which is characterized by diarrheal illness (gastroenteritis), usually accompanied by fever, and abdominal cramps. In rare cases, the patient can develop Guillain-Barré syndrome, a severe illness that can lead to paralysis and death.

Fortunately, this pathogen has difficulty surviving when exposed to air. Since they require low levels of oxygen to thrive, many infections are prevented by exposing contaminated surfaces to fresh air. Their fragility is not only characterized by its intolerance for oxygen; this bacteria can also be killed by drying, heating, disinfectants, and acidic conditions. However, only a relatively small number of organisms–as few as 500–can cause an infection in humans. One drop of contaminated raw chicken juice would be enough to infect someone.

Campylobacter Symptoms

Symptoms occur from 1 to 10 days after infection. The first ones to appear are:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Fever.

These symptoms are followed by:

  • Watery or Bloody Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea.

The first symptoms usually appear two to five days after initial infection. The illness usually only lasts a week to ten days, but relapses several days later occur in as many as one in four of all cases.

Complications

Risks and serious complications include, but are not limited to, the following:

Test for Infection if You Want to Sue

To protect your legal rights, it is important that you are diagnosed with Campylobacter and that further testing is done to get a genetic fingerprint of the specific bacteria that made you sick. This is done with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS).

A clinical diagnosis requires laboratory testing of a stool sample. Because these bacteria only survive and proliferate under specific conditions, isolating the organism from a stool sample is difficult, but most labs are able to test for it.

Usually a working diagnosis is based on the symptoms of diarrheal illness and the time of onset, as well as the length of the illness. The symptoms most doctors look for are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and a headache lasting for about a week.

Recent Outbreak

Most of these outbreaks are not made public.

Alejandro’s Taqueria

Cases of campylobacteriosis have been associated with eating at Alejandro’s Taqueria restaurant located on Texas Street in Fairfield, California. On June 9, KRON News said health investigators had found the association with eating at Alejandro’s Taqueria, and that 32 cases of campylobacteriosis were reported to Solano County in June of that year. Those sickened ate at the restaurant between May 26 and May 29, 2016. Read more.

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