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Investigation into Food Poisoning Outbreak for Coachella Shuttle Drivers

Food poisoning

A food poisoning outbreak left dozens of shuttle drivers at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival experiencing nausea and vomiting.

According to a report in The Press-Enterprise, first responders got calls about sub-contracted festival shuttle drivers suffering from foodborne illness after dining at an off-site caterer.

The drivers said they were experiencing symptoms including nausea, cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. An investigation has now been launched into the food poisoning outbreak.

Ongoing Investigation into Food Poisoning Outbreak

More than 100 cases of food poisoning had been reported that week, according to the Riverside County Department of Public Health. Officials said 40 drivers were taken to hospitals throughout the Coachella Valley for treatment. While more information about the drivers’ illnesses is not available, health officials said no one had suffered life-threatening symptoms.

Riverside health officials are continuing their investigation into the outbreak and say it could take several days for them to determine the source of the outbreak. Officials have also said there have been no cases of festival attendees who fell ill so far.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms of food poisoning could range from relatively mild to serious or life-threatening. Some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning are upset stomach, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Some instances of foodborne illnesses could lead to hospitalization. In some cases, foodborne illnesses could lead to long-term health effects such as chronic arthritis, brain and nerve damage, and kidney damage.

What Steps Can You Take?

If you have suffered food poisoning after consuming tainted food, it is important that you seek and obtain prompt medical attention, treatment, and care for your symptoms. Save the receipts for the food you purchased, if available. If you have any of the food left over, isolate it and preserve it so it can be tested for the presence of pathogens.

Report your illness to the local healthcare agency, which tracks these types of illnesses and outbreaks. Contact an experienced Riverside food poisoning lawyer who will help you secure fair compensation for damages and losses, including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, and pain and suffering.


Source: https://www.pe.com/2022/04/26/food-poisoning-outbreak-among-coachella-shuttle-drivers-prompts-health-investigation/

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