According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria infection causes 1,600 illnesses and 260 fatalities in the country each year. The agency added that the largest listeria infection outbreak that occurred in the country was in 2011, wherein consumption of cantaloupe from a farm caused 147 illnesses, 1 miscarriage, and 33 deaths among individuals in 28 different U.S. states.
The surest way to detect listeria infection is through a blood test, although spinal fluid or urine samples may also be used to determine the presence of infection. Once diagnosed with listeria infection, the patient is sometimes prescribed antibiotics, although healthier people with only mild symptoms may require no treatment. Pregnant mothers with the disease require prompt medical attention, and babies exposed to the bacteria are treated with a combination of antibiotics.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we help Madison residents who have suffered from a listeria infection due to a defective food item hold the manufacturer legally accountable for all the damages they have incurred. To learn whether your situation qualifies you to take legal action, call us at (414) 271-0900 today.