January 25, 2009: 7 Deaths Linked To Salmonella Outbreak

To date, 7 deaths have been linked to the current Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, the source of which has been traced to peanut butter and peanut butter paste produced by Peanut Corporation of America.  Although the exact cause of death in each case has not been determined, all seven people died after being infected with Salmonella Typhimurium.

Health officials reported that the latest victim was an elderly woman from Minnesota. They have also indicated that most of the other deaths linked to the outbreak have involved the elderly, underscoring the fact that although anyone can contract Salmonella food poisoning, the young, elderly, and very sick are at greatest risk for complications due to the infection.

The FDA advises that persons who think they may have become ill after eating peanut butter or peanut butter products, should contact their health care providers.  Salmonella infection can be confirmed by a stool culture, which a doctor can order.

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food. 

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents Salmonella peanut butter outbreak victims, and we are ready to assist you.  If you have a question concerning your legal rights, please see free case evaluation or contact us toll-free at 1-877-934-6274.