June 25, 2018

Tuna Sushi Salmonella Outbreak Includes Clark County, WA Woman

The tuna sushi Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in nine states includes one woman from Clark County, Washington.  The woman ate sushi made with raw tuna during a visit to Vancouver, Arizona in April, according to a report in The Columbian.

raw tuna on plateTen people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, which includes patients from South Dakota, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Mississippi, Illinois, Virginia and Washington.

Those 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.

The outbreak strain Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+),  is rare. It does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever but it does cause illness. Symptoms of an infection include nausea, fever and diarrhea.

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