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Sun View Salmonella Outbreak

Posted in Our Blog on August 11, 2019

The Chicago Department of Public Health is investigating the Sun View Salmonella outbreak.  At least four people have been infected with Salmonella after eating pork tamales or carnitas from Sun View’s deli counter.  Sun View Supermercado is located at 6110 W 63rd St. in the Clearing neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Sun View Salmonella Outbreak — What You Need to Know

Anyone who has purchased pork tamales, carnitas or other hot foods from the small family-owned store’s deli section since July 1 should throw the food away, the Chicago Department of Public Health says.

The agency warns that anyone who ate pork tamales or Carnitas from Sun View’s deli counter between July 1 and August 5 may have been exposed to salmonella. Health officials urge Chicago residents to seek medical attention if you experience high fever, severe diarrhea or symptoms of dehydration.

The implicated food items haven’t been available at the store since August 5. The department said there’s no evidence that food made after August 5 was contaminated with Salmonella.

“Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can be found on meat and it also can be spread if people don’t wash their hands well before handling food,” said Dr. Janna Kerins, of the Chicago Health Department. “So we work with the food workers to make sure they’re handling foods properly, cooking food to the right temperature that would kill the bacteria.”

A sign found on the grocery store door informed customers that there is currently no meat service being provided at the location and it is unclear at this time how long the sign has been present.

Officials believe this may be the second salmonella outbreak linked to the sale of pork carnitas in Chicago this year. The last one in February was linked to a small supermarket located in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

The agency asks that anyone who’s become ill after eating food from the store to contact the department by calling 312-746-SICK.

Second Supermercado Salmonella Outbreak

The Sun View Salmonella Outbreak is the second Salmonella outbreak at a Supermercado in Chicago this year.  Last February, several people were became ill in the Supermercado Rivera Salmonella outbreak. Carnitas from Supermercado Rivera’s deli counter were identified as the source of that Salmonella outbreak.  Supermercado Rivera is located at 4334 W. 51st St. in Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood.

What is Salmonella?

Many believe that you can only contract Salmonella from handling raw chicken, and while yes this is true you can get it from a variety of other sources.

The Mayo Clinic gives us a lot of information about the infection, its causes, symptoms and treatment.

Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food.

Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment.

In some cases, the diarrhea associated with salmonella infection can be so dehydrating as to require prompt medical attention. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond your intestines. Your risk of acquiring salmonella infection is higher if you travel to countries with poor sanitation.

Salmonella Symptoms

Salmonella infection is usually caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. The incubation period ranges from several hours to two days. Most salmonella infections can be classified as stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Blood in the stool

Signs and symptoms of salmonella infection generally last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, although it may take several months before bowels return to normal.

A few varieties of salmonella bacteria result in typhoid fever, a sometimes deadly disease that is more common in developing countries.

Causes of Salmonella Food Poisoning

Salmonella bacteria live in the intestines of people, animals and birds. Most people are infected with salmonella by eating foods that have been contaminated by feces. Commonly infected foods include:

  • Raw meat, poultry and seafood. Feces may get onto raw meat and poultry during the butchering process. Seafood may be contaminated if harvested from contaminated water.
  • Raw eggs. While an egg’s shell may seem to be a perfect barrier to contamination, some infected chickens produce eggs that contain salmonella before the shell is even formed. Raw eggs are used in homemade versions of mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce.
  • Fruits and vegetables. Some fresh produce, particularly imported varieties, may be hydrated in the field or washed during processing with water contaminated with salmonella. Contamination also can occur in the kitchen, when juices from raw meat and poultry come into contact with uncooked foods, such as salads.

The Food and Drug Administration also indicates that some salmonella outbreaks have been traced to contaminants in spices. The agency is seeking ways to increase the safety of spices.

Many foods become contaminated when prepared by people who don’t wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing a diaper. Infection also can occur if you touch something that is contaminated, including pets, especially birds and reptiles, and then put your fingers in your mouth.

Risk factors for Salmonella Food Poisoning

Factors that may increase your risk of salmonella infection include activities that may bring you into closer contact with salmonella bacteria and health problems that may weaken your resistance to infection in general.

Increased exposure

  • International travel. Salmonella infection, including varieties that cause typhoid fever, is more common in developing countries with poor sanitation.
  • Owning a pet bird or reptile. Some pets, particularly birds and reptiles, can carry salmonella bacteria.

Stomach or bowel disorders

Your body has many natural defenses against salmonella infection. For example, strong stomach acid can kill many types of salmonella bacteria. But some medical problems or medications can short-circuit these natural defenses. Examples include:

  • Lowering your stomach’s acidity allows more salmonella bacteria to survive.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease. This disorder damages the lining of your intestines, which makes it easier for salmonella bacteria to take hold.
  • Recent use of antibiotics. This can reduce the number of “good” bacteria in your intestines, which may impair your ability to fight off a salmonella infection.

Immune problems

The following medical problems or medications appear to increase your risk of contracting salmonella by impairing your immune system.

  • AIDS
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Malaria
  • Anti-rejection drugs taken after organ transplants
  • Corticosteroids

Complications of Salmonella Food Poisoning

Salmonella infection usually isn’t life-threatening. However, in certain people — especially infants and young children, older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems — the development of complications can be dangerous.

Dehydration

If you can’t drink enough to replace the fluid you’re losing from persistent diarrhea, you may become dehydrated. Warning signs include:

  • Decreased urine output
  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Sunken eyes
  • Reduced production of tears

Bacteremia

If salmonella infection enters your bloodstream (bacteremia), it can infect tissues throughout your body, including:

  • The tissues surrounding your brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • The lining of your heart or valves (endocarditis)
  • Your bones or bone marrow (osteomyelitis)
  • The lining of blood vessels, especially if you’ve had a vascular graft

Reactive arthritis

People who have had salmonella are at higher risk of developing reactive arthritis. Also known as Reiter’s syndrome, reactive arthritis typically causes:

  • Eye irritation
  • Painful urination
  • Painful joints

Prevention

The Department of Agriculture has created a Salmonella Action Plan, which involves updating the poultry slaughter inspection system and enhancing sampling and testing programs for poultry and meat. The plan’s purpose is to cut the number of salmonella infections in the United States.

You can also take care to avoid spreading bacteria to others. Preventive methods are especially important when preparing food or providing care for infants, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Be sure to cook food thoroughly and refrigerate or freeze food promptly.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands thoroughly can help prevent the transfer of salmonella bacteria to your mouth or to any food you’re preparing. Wash your hands after you:

The Lange Law Firm –www.MakeFoodSafe.com

Our mission is to help families who have been harmed by contaminated food or water.  When corporations cause Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks outbreaks, we use the law to hold them accountable.  The Lange Law Firm is one of the only law firms in the nation focused on representing families in Salmonella food poisoning lawsuits.

The Lange Law Firm is already representing several families who were harmed earlier this year in Chicago in the Supermercado Rivera Salmonella outbreak.  Attorney Jory Lange says that lawsuits may follow in the Sun View Salmonella outbreak.

If you got Salmonella after eating pork tamales or carnitas from Sun View Supermercado and are interested in making a legal claim for compensation, we can help.  Our Salmonella lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your Salmonella injury.  Call us for a free no obligation legal consultation at (833) 330-3663 or send us an e-mail here.

 

By Samantha Cooper, Contributing Writer