Families file suit over salmonella outbreak
29 local families in Alamosa, Colorado are suing the city over a salmonella outbreak that occurred in 2008 in the city's water supply where up to 1,300 individuals may have become ill, including 40% of the city's infants.
The outbreak was most likely caused by animal feces that entered the water reservoir which is said to have noticeable cracks and holes. The structure has not been properly inspected since 1997.
The Alamosa incident is the worst waterborne-disease outbreak in the United States since 2004.
Fourteen of the plaintiffs are parents suing on behalf of children who were sickened by the infected water. Another plaintiff is the widow of Larry Velasquez, 54, who died after salmonella entered his blood stream. They are suing for an unspecified amount.