Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit: 403 Confirmed Cases but Experts Suspect as Many as 12,000 Sickened
Only a small number of the victims are counted in any official count of food borne illness victims – that that includes the Ground Beef Salmonella outbreak linked to JBS Tolleson.
As with most outbreaks, the number of confirmed cases in the Ground Beef Salmonella outbreak is considered by many experts, including the Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates, to be closer to 12,000. As experienced food poisoning lawyers, what we find is that most of the victims do not seek medical attention when they suspect food poisoning. In addition, most of those who seek medical attention receive ameliorative care for such symptoms as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain, but do not provide a stool sample for culturing. The reason, says Food Poisoning lawyer Ron Simon, “is that most doctors initially assess a case of food poisoning as being of likely viral etiology, and tell their patients to return if their condition worsens,” recommend probiotics, or provide such medications as ondansetron (Zofran) and over-the-counter medications, as well as recommend hydration. Viral food borne illness does not show up in a stool culture, and most physicians try to avoid unnecessary tests when treating their patients.
But there are some exceptions. If a person is a severe case that leads to hospitalization (at least 117 of the confirmed JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella victims), often a stool culture is justified. In addition, a prolonged illness (more than 2 days) will often lead a physician to opt to have a stool culture. In either case, because salmonella is a bacteria that is readily identifiable, it will show up in those stool cultures. These cases, about one-in-thirty of the actual number of affected individuals in the average outbreak, are the “confirmed cases.”
While many victims can pursue a Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit after becoming infected with salmonella, the ones who have a stool culture are the most likely to file a Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit. [For more information about a Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit, call the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901].
The JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak
The beef implicated in the Ground Beef Salmonella outbreak includes about 7 million pounds of beef produced between July 26th and September 7th, 2018. For a list of locations where you may have acquired the tainted beef, click here. The illnesses linked to eating the tainted JBS Tolleson Ground Beef became symptomatic between August 5th of 2018 and (so far) February 8th of 2019. With the amount of time needed for a victims illness to be treated, tested, and reported, more may be identified – especially if the beef is frozen for later use, as freezing does not kill salmonella.
The official numbers in the JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak include 403 epidemiologically confirmed cases, with 117 victims hospitalized, and no deaths. No information is yet available as to how many will develop post-infectious IBS, post-infectious reactive arthritis, or other complications of salmonellosis.
If you have these beef products, you are encouraged to return them to the retail outlet where you purchased them. If you became sick, you may wish to contact an experienced Ground Beef Salmonella Lawsuit lawyer before doing so at 1-888-335-4901. Always prepare beef properly to avoid illness.