Cholera Outbreaks

Cholera is an infectious disease that has killed millions of people worldwide. While it rarely occurs in the United States, more than 100 cases have been reported over the last two decades. The most recent cholera outbreak occurred in Texas in 2009 as a woman suffered stomach cramps and violent diarrhea lasting for two weeks after being exposed to a sewage-contaminated bayou. In 1992, 75 passengers on a flight from Argentina to Los Angeles became sick after eating cholera-tainted seafood salad served onboard. In this case, the airline and/or the catering company might have been responsible for the financial, physical and emotional damages caused by providing the passengers unsafe meals.

Cholera: Symptoms and Treatment

Cholera is caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. Once ingested, the cholera bacteria produce a dangerous toxin in the small intestine, which in turn can lead to the onset of violent symptoms. Some of the most common signs of cholera include severe diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and muscle cramps. In advanced stages, cholera can also cause severe thirst and fatigue, increased heartbeat and coma. If left untreated, acute cholera can kill its victims within hours to weeks.

The treatment of cholera is relatively simple, consisting of oral and/or intravenous fluids. As the body loses a massive amount of vital fluids due to diarrhea and vomiting, it is important to replace the depleted fluids and electrolytes as soon as possible. For most patients, this means drinking large amounts of a mix of water, salts and sugar. In severe cases, special rehydration fluids might be administered intravenously. In addition, antibiotics might be prescribed to help shorten the duration of diarrhea and vomiting. Just 1 percent of cholera patients who receive proper treatment ultimately succumb to the disease.

Cholera Legal Recourse

The food industry has an obligation to ensure that its products meet the standard of reasonable safety before marketing them to the public. Failure to manufacture, package, handle and/or distribute food in a safe manner can render a company liable for any damages sustained by individuals who consume the products affected. In such cases, food poisoning victims can file personal injury lawsuits in order to obtain compensation for their losses. For example, in the 1992 cholera outbreak on the Argentine airplane, the food caterer failed to provide passengers with reasonably safe meals, which might create grounds for personal injury litigation.

Cholera Legal Help

The highly skilled food poisoning lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz have many years’ experience negotiating and litigating food poisoning cases involving cholera, campylobacter, salmonella, E coli and botulism bacteria. If you suspect that your food poisoning or the disease of your loved one was caused by a defective product, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at AWKO Law today at (844) 794-7402 to discuss your case and determine the most appropriate course of action.