You ate at Souplantation in Camarillo, California and now you are sick. You have medical bills and had to take time off of work.
You may have the right to sue Souplantation for Shigellosis if you are part of the outbreak of illnesses discussed below. Contact our law firm for a free consultation.
On June 22, 2017, Ventura County Public Health was notified of a cluster of Shigellosis cases. These gastrointestinal infections are caused by food contaminated with Shigella, a bacteria that can cause severe dehydration, colitis (tissue damage in the colon), and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kind of kidney failure that can be fatal.
County health officials interviewed the people sickened and found out that many of them had eaten at Souplantation in Camarillo. Eight of those people had laboratory-confirmed Shigellosis, meaning Shigella bacterium had been found in their stool samples by the Ventura County Public Health laboratory, which then sent the bacterium to the California State laboratory for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a process that helps determine genetic typing.
The food item that caused these illnesses has not been determined. All employees, about 40 people, were tested because Shigellosis can be transmitted from person to person.
In response to this outbreak of illnesses, Souplantation in Camarillo closed on Thursday for additional cleaning and disinfecting. All food was thrown out. In addition, the company put all of its employees through a sanitary training refresher course.
What Can You Do to Get Compensation from Souplantation?
- Go to the doctor and get diagnosed;
- Gather any evidence you have that you ate at the Souplantation in Camarillo in the week before you got sick to use for your Shigellosis lawsuit;
- Make sure Shigella bacteria found in your stool sample is further tested using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (you can ask our lawyers about this).
You probably have a lot of questions. You can contact our law firm and talk with a lawyer about your Shigella poisoning case: 1-888-377-8900 or use our free consultation form. Our law firm is one of the few in the United States that helps people throughout the country who are poisoned by food.
Another company restaurant was implicated in a Shigella outbreak in 2007, which was associated with eating at the Souplantation in Pasadena, California, between July 22-25 of that year, almost exactly 10 years ago. Contaminated lettuce salads were determined to be the source of this 2007 outbreak.
Lawsuits were filed in the 2007 outbreak, and they will in 2017. We hope that the litigation will help prevent further outbreaks.