Was a Restaurant in Buncombe County, NC Responsible for Salmonella Paratyphi B Outbreak?

The Salmonella paratyphi B outbreak sourced in Buncombe County, North Carolina, has sickened people in North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee. The centralized nature of the outbreak suggests that a restaurant in Buncombe County could be responsible for the outbreak.

Scrape tuna contaminated with Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga used in sushi rolls and sold at restaurants and grocery stores sickened hundreds of people in several states this year. Perhaps this Salmonella paratyphi B outbreak was also caused by tuna. It would not be unprecedented, as past Salmonella paratyphi B outbreaks have been linked to ahi tuna used for sushi.

I and my salmonella litigation team are investigating both of these outbreaks, and are representing victims. If you would like a free consultation with me or another salmonella lawyer at my law firm, submit the free consultation form found here. You will not be obligated to hire my law firm to help you, but if you do, you will not have to pay any fee to my firm unless we win your case.

Any reports of possible additional Salmonella paratyphi B cases are immediately placed under investigation to verify whether the case may be linked to this outbreak. If you have symptoms of a Salmonella paratyphi B infection, you should seek medical attention immediately and then contact me. Symptoms include the following:

Symptoms of Salmonella paratyphi B usually begin about 6 days after exposure but may not begin for as long as 30 days. Symptoms may include gradual onset of high fever and fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), and stomach pain, and usually last between 4 and 7 days. Antibiotics are used to treat this type of Salmonella.

Complications of a Salmonella paratyphi B infection and paratyphoid fever include:

  • intestinal hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • perforation of intestine
  • pneumonia
  • endocarditis (infection of the lining of the heart)
  • arthritis
  • blood clots that can lead to heart attack, stroke or other problems
  • bone infection (osteomyelitis)

Restaurant Liability

Restaurants are responsible for illnesses cause by food served by them, even if the contamination happened before the food product was sold to the restaurant. I and my salmonella litigation team have handled many cases like this. For example, cases we recently settled with a fast food restaurant company involved sprouts contaminated by the processor.

In some cases there is no microbiological link to one menu item served at the restaurant. These cases are more difficult to prove, but we have won money for salmonella victims in these cases. For example, we recently settled a case for several victims of an outbreak associated with eating at a certain restaurant. The investigation into the cause of the outbreak did not find any one menu item that all of the victims ate and did not find any food at the restaurant contaminated with the outbreak strain of salmonella. Even so, the restaurant’s insurer settled the cases and all of the victims were compensated. This is because the epidemiological evidence was sufficient to prove that food served at the restaurant made the victims sick.

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