Pars Cove Salmonella Outbreak LitigationOn Wednesday, July 11, 2007, the City of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that the agency was investigating a number of Salmonella cases that at the time appeared to be related to consumption of foods served at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at the Taste of Chicago festival held between June 29 and July 8, 2007. In what was reported to be the first confirmed outbreak of foodborne illness associated with Taste of Chicago in 20 years, CDPH announced that 17 people appeared to have illnesses associated with the Pars Cove Taste of Chicago booth; five had been confirmed as suffering Salmonella infections, several sought medical care and at least three were admitted to hospitals. CDPH urged anyone who had visited the Pars Cove booth and was experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness to contact a health care provider and report their illness to the health department.
By July 23, CDPH announced that the public health agency had received 736 reports of illness from people who had eaten food purchased at the Pars Cove booth at Taste of Chicago. Of those who had reported illness, 124 were laboratory-confirmed as being ill with Salmonella infections -- 98 of them Salmonella Heidelberg, the outbreak strain -- and 32 people had been hospitalized. CDPH stated that reports of illness had considerably slowed.
CDPH reported that of 770 reports of illness associated with the Pars Cove booth by July 27, 2007, 158 cases had been confirmed as Salmonella, with 132 of those confirmed identified as Salmonella Heidelberg. Thirty-seven people had been hospitalized.
The Marler Clark lawyers filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at Taste of Chicago on July 24, 2007, and filed two additional lawsuits against the restaurant on August 2, 2007. The Pars Cove booth had been identified by City of Chicago health officials as the source of a Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak among over 700 guests of the Taste of Chicago festival, which ran between June 29 and July 8, 2007.
You can read more about the Pars Cove Salmonella outbreak on the Marler Clark-sponsored site about Salmonella.