Valparaiso Jimmy John’s Norovirus Outbreak
Porter County health officials have linked a Jimmy John’s in Valparaiso, Indiana to a norovirus outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people. Many of the people sickened were emergency medical workers responding to a major train accident that occurred outside of town on January 6, 2012. As of January 12, the pathogen responsible for the illnesses has yet to be determined.
Past Outbreaks Linked to Jimmy John’s
Jimmy John’s has been linked to at least three other E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened nearly 160 people since 2008. In each past outbreak the suspected source of illness was spouts used as a sandwich topping. Despite this history, Jimmy John’s continues to use sprouts.
Marler Clark Works for Reform
In late 2010 and early 2011, Marler Clark called on Jimmy John’s to eliminate sprouts from its menu offerings. The firm also donated $10,000 to the International Sprout Growers Association for safe seed production.
Responsible for approximately 23 million illnesses, norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S. Usual symptoms of norovirus infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Headache and low-grade fever may also accompany this illness.
Contact the Marler Clark Food Poisoning Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with norovirus after consuming contaminated food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.