Food Poisoning: Shigella Infection Lawsuit May Follow Severe Illness
Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Shigella causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the U.S. each year. There are four different species of Shigella that may cause illness:
- Shigella sonnei (the most common species in the United States)
- Shigella flexneri
- Shigella boydii
- Shigella dysenteriae
Shigella infections are most commonly seen in child-care settings and schools. Shigellosis is also a common cause of traveler’s diarrhea from contaminated food and water.
Foods most often linked to Shigella outbreaks are salads and sandwiches that involve a lot of handling in food preparation, and contaminated raw fruits and vegetables. Ingesting a very small amount of the Shigella bacteria into your mouth is enough to cause symptoms. Plaintiffs can hold those responsible for illness in a Shigella infection lawsuit.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury attorney with experience in injuries due to food poisoning. The Lyon Firm has represented plaintiffs nationwide in foodborne illness claims and can review your Shigella Infection Lawsuit.
Signs & Symptoms of Shigella Infection
Symptoms of shigellosis typically present one to three days after exposure to the germ and symptoms usually last about 5 to 7 days. In some cases, it can be several months before bowel habits are entirely normalized. Symptoms may include:
- Sudden abdominal cramping
- Diarrhea that may be bloody or contains mucus
- Feeling the need to pass stool when bowels are empty
Shigella bacteria are found in the stool of infected people, and can persist for up to a week or two after the diarrhea symptoms have gone. Shigella germs are very contagious, and people generally contract shigellosis when they ingest something that has come into contact with the stool of someone else who is ill with shigellosis.
Food Illness & Shigella Infection Lawsuit
Children, especially toddlers aged two to four are at most risk of contracting shigellosis. Typical risk factors include the following:
- Touching anything contaminated with germs from an infected person, such as toys, bathroom fixtures, or diaper changing tables
- Changing the diapers of a sick child
- Eating food prepared by someone ill with shigellosis
- Swallowing contaminated water from a lake, river or swimming pool
- Having exposure to stool during sexual contact with someone carrying the shigella bacteria
Prevention is crucial, and certain safety measures include:
- Washing hands with soap frequently, especially using bathrooms, after changing diapers, and before preparing food
- Properly disposing of soiled diapers
- Disinfecting diaper changing areas with each use
- Keeping children with diarrhea away from child care settings
- Supervising the hand washing of children
- Refraining from preparing food for others while ill with diarrhea
- Avoiding ingesting water from ponds, lakes, or swimming pools
- Drinking only treated or boiled water in developing countries
If you or a loved one has suffered from Shigella or another a foodborne infection, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding your potential shigella infection lawsuit.