Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off Outbreak Lawsuits
In October 2017, Virginia Health officials announced that 150 people living in 8 states had been sickened by Salmonella after attending the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off on September 30th. More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.
Dr. David Matson, director of the state’s Eastern Shore Health District, said that half of those who became ill sought medical treatment. Matson said most people sickened by the bacteria have already become ill with diarrhea, vomiting and fever. The 150 people who were sick are from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Officials linked the outbreak to clam chowder cooked by The Crab Shack. Marler Clark is currently representing 18 individuals who were affected in the outbreak.