April 24, 2018

Salmonella in Raw Tuna Sickens 53 in Nine States

Raw tuna is the likely source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in nine states, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ten people have been hospitalized.

salmonella-raw-tuna-lawyerThose sickened reported onset of illness dates ranging from March 5, 2015 to May 3, 2015. A common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified, so there are no recommended precautions for restaurants, retailers, or consumers. But the CDC recommends that those at high risk of food poisoning including children under 5, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

Despite its name, the rare outbreak strain Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+),  does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever. Symptoms of an infection include nausea, fever and diarrhea.

Those sickened range in age from younger than 1 to 83 with a median age of 31. By state, the number of illnesses reported: The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: Arizona (10), California (31), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (1).



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