Lawsuit Filed Over Meningitis Allegedly Acquired Through Baby Formula

Lawsuit Filed Over Meningitis Allegedly Acquired Through Baby FormulaA bank has recently filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of an Iowa girl who allegedly contracted meningitis after ingesting Similac baby formula manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.

As the girl's conservator, Security National Bank seeks damages for Jeanine Kunkel's medical care, suffering and fear of future disease, according to the Sioux City Journal. Jeanine's parents say that their daughter was given a container of the formula in a gift bag when she was discharged from St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in 2008. Shortly after ingesting it, she began crying uncontrollably, and was diagnosed with E. sakazakii meningitis when she was 12 days old, they claim.

The news source reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization and others have all documented a link between milk-based baby formula and meningitis caused by E. sakazakii. The personal injury lawsuit claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Anne Bowen said in 2007 that there is no other known way to contract the disease than through the consumption of contaminated baby formula. 

Earlier this year, a Louisiana couple sued Abbott over its Similac baby formula, alleging it was tainted with beetles, according to the Louisiana Record.