There have been a total of 68 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis reported from 10 states as of November 24th. The number of ill people identified in each state is as following:
Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), and Vermont (3). The single ill person from Montana had traveled to the Eastern United States during the period of the exposure.
Illness onset dates range from September 30, 2014 to November 10, 2014. Ill persons range in age from younger than one year to 83 years, with a median age of 31 years. Fifty-six percent of ill persons are female. Among 43 persons with available information, 11 (26 percent) have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
Health regulators indicate that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are the likely source of this outbreak.
As of November 21, 2014, the firm has verbally agreed to voluntarily stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts. Since they may be contaminated with Salmonella, they are not safe to eat.
If you have this product in your home, you are advised to return to place of purchase for a refund or throw away. If you or a loved one has been sickened as a result of this contamination, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact one of our Gacovino Lake attorneys at 1-800-246-HURT (4878) for more information.