Salmonella outbreak at Moby Dick House of Kabob restaurants in Virginia and Maryland and Washington, DC, has sickened 21 people, according to local news reports. That’s more than twice the number of cases the Maryland Department of Health first reported at the end of September.

Nine cases of salmonellosis were reported among restaurant customers between September 10 and September 26 according to the Maryland Department of Health. Since that time, an additional 12 cases have been reported.

Salmonella infections are the result of eating food that has been contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter containing the bacteria. This can happen in a variety of ways. For example, an infected food worker does not wash hands properly, or the soil or water used to grow produce is contaminated or poultry farms do not adequately control for the bacteria among their flocks.

Sometimes, food is contaminated during production. This often happens with outbreaks linked to nut butters, seed butters and tahini,  an ingredient used to make hummus.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. They include fever, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody.

If you were sickened after eating food at a Moby Dick restaurant and would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, call us at 1 (888) 377-8900, send a text to 612-261-0856. Or, complete the form below. The consultation is free and there is no obligation.