June 28, 2017

Foodborne Outbreak Sickens 40 in Shoals, Alabama

A foodborne illness outbreak in Shoals Alabama sickened at least 40 people last weekend, Karen Landers of the Alabama Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. Those sickened have symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Six people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe.

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The illnesses happened after a private event in Sheffield, Alabama, near Muscle Shoals. About 150 people attended that event. Public health officials believe that “while the number of ill persons and the hospitalized numbers may increase, we may be at the peak of the illness given the average incubation period and course of foodborne outbreaks.” Test results may be available late in the week; we will keep you informed of any notices.

Officials will not speculate on the “causative agent” of this outbreak at this time. Patient stool samples and samples of food served at the event are at the State Health Department Laboratory for testing and the Health Department will inform the public when more is known.

Public health officials will not comment on the venue, who provided the food, or the pathogen that may have caused these illnesses. Newspapers in the area reported that the caterer at the event was Indelible Catering, but we do not know that for sure at this time.

We do not know how long after the event people got sick, although if the event was held on Saturday and the outbreak was known by Tuesday, one of the possible culprits is Salmonella. Illnesses caused by that pathogenic bacteria take six to seventy-two hours to manifest after exposure and symptoms in this outbreak are typical of salmonellosis. E. coli infections are less likely to be the source in this outbreak, since symptoms from that illness can take up to seven to ten days to appear and usually do not include vomiting. We also do not know the ages or health conditions of those sickened in this outbreak.

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Contact the experienced attorneys at Pritzker Hageman if you were sickened with food poisoning infection after eating at a private event near Muscle Shoals, Alabama the weekend of November 12, 2016. Please call 1-888-377-8900.

 

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