Lawyers Representing Victims of Taco Bell E Coli Contamination On December 4, 2006, health investigators linked an E. coli outbreak that has sickened approximately twenty-two (22) people, two of them seriously to three Taco Bell restaurants in New Jersey. Additionally, investigators have also been probing whether an outbreak of fourteen (14) cases on Long Island was linked to Taco Bell.
According to authorities, the individuals who became ill in New Jersey ate at one of the fast-food restaurants between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, 2006. “We have to find the food they all had in common,” said David Papi, director of health for Middlesex County. Five of the New Jersey sufferers were in the hospital, including two in serious or critical condition with hemolytic uremic syndrome which can permanently damage the kidneys, officials said. Twenty-two (22) of those infected in New Jersey, including two restaurant employees who tested positive for E. coli but did not get sick, ate at a Taco Bell in South Plainfield; another ate at a Taco Bell in Edison; and one ate at a Taco Bell in Franklin Township, authorities said.
On Long Island, the E. coli outbreak sickened at least 14 people, including 10 who ate at Taco Bell. Health officials said eight restaurants in Suffolk and Nassau Counties were closed as a precaution along with one restaurant in South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Most E. coli infections are associated with undercooked meat. The bacteria also can be found on sprouts or leafy vegetables such as spinach. Earlier this year, three people died and more than 200 fell ill from an outbreak that was traced to packaged spinach grown in California. The bacteria also can be passed from person to person if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
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