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Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Announces Investigation of Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Taco Bell Chain

Friday, February 03, 2012

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Announces Investigation of Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Taco Bell Chain19:36 EST Friday, February 03, 2012 SEATTLE (Business Wire) -- Attorney Advertising. Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (www.krcomplexlit.com) is investigating possible legal claims against a Taco Bell Chain, operated by YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), related to a 2011 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. On February 1, 2012, Food Safety News reported a link between Taco Bell and an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC investigation revealed that 68 individuals, from 10 states, were infected with Salmonella Enteritidis. The number of ill persons identified in each state with the outbreak strain was as follows: Texas (43), Oklahoma (16), Kansas (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (1), Ohio (1), and Tennessee (1). Originally identified by the CDC as simply “Restaurant A,” a document recently released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Acute Disease Service confirmed that Taco Bell was central to the CDC's investigation. According to the CDC, a person infected with Salmonella bacterium usually experiences fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food item or beverage. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. While most healthy persons generally recover without antibiotic treatment, the diarrhea can be severe, and the person may be ill enough to require hospitalization. The CDC reported that in this Salmonella outbreak, 31% of patients were hospitalized. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may have a more severe illness. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Keller Rohrback, with offices in Seattle, Phoenix, New York and Santa Barbara, has become nationally recognized for its representation of injured persons in both individual and class action food-borne illness cases, including the Malt-O-Meal Salmonella contamination case and the Jack-In-The-Box and Odwalla E. coli contamination cases. If you or someone in your care became ill after eating at a Taco Bell in one of the states mentioned above and you believe the illness was Salmonella-related, or you would like more information, please contact paralegal Stephanie Gardner or attorneys Amy Hanson or Lynn Sarko at (800) 776-6044 or via email at consumer@kellerrohrback.com. Attorney Advertising. Prior Results Do Not Guarantee A Similar Outcome. Keller Rohrback L.L.P.Amy Hanson and Lynn SarkoAttorneys800-776-6044consumer@kellerrohrback.comwww.krcomplexlit.com