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July 14, 2007: Taste of Chicago Salmonella Victims Reach 378

Chicago health officials said that the number of people sickened after eating at the Pars Cove booth at the Taste of Chicago food festival has reached 378. Thirty-two of the cases have been confirmed as Salmonella food poisoning, and 12 people have been hospitalized, including an 18-month-old.

Although the food source responsible for this latest Salmonella outbreak has not been confirmed, health officials are focusing on an herb, cucumber, and tomato salad that was served with humus. On Friday, the Chicago health department told Pars Cove to stop serving hummus in their city restaurant.

On Friday, the Chicago Health Department was overwhelmed by phone calls. Employees from other departments were recruited to serve as operators. Health officials have said they will contact those individuals on their callback list.

If you believe that you are suffering from Salmonella food poisoning, you should contact your doctor. Even if you have recovered, you should also contact the Chicago Health Department, since they are responsible for conducting the outbreak investigation.  Chicago residents can call the Health Department hotline at 311 to report an illness or to ask questions. Non-residents should contact the department at 312-744-5000.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg is already assisting individuals who believe they were victims of this current Salmonella outbreak. We also represent clients nationwide who have been victims of the recent Arby’s, Peter Pan brand peanut butter, and Veggie Booty Salmonella outbreaks. If you or a loved one has been a victim of  Salmonella food poisoning, and you need legal help, please click on free case evaluation , or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

To learn more about Salmonella click on About Salmonella and Salmonella Symptoms and Complications. To learn more about food poisoning and food safety, you may also visit our website www.foodpoisoning.com.

For information concerning recent food poisoning outbreaks, please see Salmonella Lawyer,  Salmonella Lawsuit, and Pistachio Recall Lawyer.

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