Shigella can be transmitted by the smallest amount of infection - a few as 100 cells is all that is needed to begin growing a colony of this bacteria in a victim's stomach and intestines. Shigella Sonnei is the most common form of Shigella food poisoning, accounting for about 2/3 of all Shigellosis cases. It causes fever, nausea, diarrhea, and in about a quarter of the cases, the diarrhea is bloody, like in E. coli cases, and the stool has mucus in it. Reactive Arthritis, mostly following infection with Shigella Flexneri, occurs in about 3% of victims. Also rare but potentially deadly, is Toxic Megacolon, or paralysis of the colon. For more information on Shigella outbreaks or a Shigella lawsuit, contact Shigella lawyer Tony Coveny here.
Norovirus is the common "stomach bug" that gets talked about so much every year, with an outbreak season from Early November ot about mid-April. Norovirus outbreaks are too common and very hard to stop, often infecting whole schools or retirement centers because the virus is so hardy and hard to eradicate. Norovirus can survive on cold surfaces for hours or more, and have been know to infect buffet lines and salad bars. Some outbreaks centered on restaurants have sickened hundreds in a matter of a single day or weekend. Luckily, Norovirus illness is shorter in duration than many other food poisoning pathogens. For more information about Norovirus outbreaks, a Norovirus lawsuit, or to speak to a Norovirus lawyer, contact Tony Coven here.
Food poisoning lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D., is licensed in the state of Texas, with his office in Katy, Texas.
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Vibrio is an unusual pathogen, getting into the American diet through saltwater food, such as shell fish, raw fish, or other seafood items that are not cooked or heated to the appropriate temperature. Two types of Vibrio infection have been recorded, V. Vulnificus (with an incubation period one day to a week) and V. Parahaemolyticus (usually between a couple hours and a couple days). Oysters are the number one cause of human Vibrio food poisoning, along with other shell fish. Consumers are warned to discard Oysters with shells that are open prior to cooking, and discard any shell fish whose shells do not open during cooking. To discuss a Vibrio outbreak or Vibrio lawsuit, contact Vibrio Lawyer Tony Coveny here.
As the winter wanes, the Norovirus season is at about the mid-point. Until the middle of April, Norovirus Sydney (the current most common strain, following the outbreak a few years ago of Norovirus New Orleans) will cause untold millions of illnesses (an average of 21 million per year). A quarter of the reported Norovirus outbreaks will be linked to food or a food establishment, such as the Golden Corral which in December of 2012, sickened at least 344 individuals. The best defense against Norovirus is good personal hygiene, but this will not prevent food borne Norovirus from sickening many this winter. Ironically, as a Food poisoning lawyer, I get many calls each week about illnesses from eating food. Without a stool test, it is very difficult to determine what made a person sick, and the default in most medical offices will be the generic "Norovirus" - which is often simply referred to as the "stomach bug" - to find out if you have a Norovirus induced food poisoning illness or a bacterial illness, a stool sample is necessary.
NOTE: salmonella is much more prone to outbreaks in the late spring and summer, like a number of other bacteria. So while the Norovirus virus is gearing up for a massive onslaught in the U.S., there may be a lull in bacterial outbreaks like salmonella. For this reason, those of the approximately 48 million food borne illness victims each year should request a stool test when presenting for medical attention to know WHAT it is that they have become ill with. Knowing the pathogen can help a victim trace their illness back to a source, and may, under certain circumstances, assist in preserving and/or securing possible legal rights.
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