December 13, 2018

CDC Updates Raw Scraped Tuna Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released an update into the Salmonella outbreak linked to raw scraped tuna imported by Moon Marine USA Corporation. At least 200 people in 21 states and the District of Columbia are now sick, and 28 people have been hospitalized. The state of Vermont is now included in the outbreak.

The 40 new cases are from:

  • Connecticut (2)
  • Georgia (5)
  • Illinois (1)
  • Maryland (6)
  • Massachusetts (1)
  • New Jersey (11)
  • New York (8)
  • Pennsylvania (1)
  • Rhode Island (1)
  • Virginia (1)
  • Vermont (1)
  • Wisconsin (2)

The case count by state is:

  • Alabama (2)
  • Arkansas (1)
  • Connecticut (8)
  • District of Columbia (2)
  • Florida (1)
  • Georgia (9)
  • Illinois (15)
  • Louisiana (3)
  • Maryland (20)
  • Massachusetts (24)
  • Mississippi (2)
  • Missouri (4)
  • New Jersey (18)
  • New York (33)
  • North Carolina (3)
  • Pennsylvania (7)
  • Rhode Island (6)
  • South Carolina (3)
  • Texas (4)
  • Virginia (9)
  • Vermont (1)
  • Wisconsin (15)

Another outbreak of a very rare type of Salmonella bacteria, called Salmonella Nchanga, has been occurring at the same time as the Salmonella Bareilly outbreak. Based on patient interviews, and because 50% of the patients with the new type of bacteria also consumed raw sushi before becoming ill, the CDC is combining the Salmonella Bareilly investigation with the Salmonella Nchanga investigation.

FDA laboratories and two laboratories in Wisconsin have matched the two types of Salmonella taken from the raw tuna samples to the bacteria taken from stool samples of the patients.

The CDC has put together advice to consumers that anyone who eats sushi or other raw fish products should read.

Map provided courtesy of the CDC.

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