Salmonella outbreak reported in 19 U.S. states

April 8, 2012 WASHINGTON Federal and state health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports 93 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia have been sickened by an unusual strain of the bacteria called salmonella Bareilly. So far 10 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, according to health officials. The first case of this particular food-borne illness was reported on January 28. The most recent case was reported Monday. “CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of salmonella serotype Bareilly infections,” CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said in a statement. News of the investigation surfaced late Tuesday when an internal memo was inadvertently sent to everyone at the FDA, according to FDA spokesman Curtis Allen. He says the memo speculates about a possible source of contamination — sushi — but he says the FDA doesn’t know the origins of the outbreak at this time. According to the CDC, state public health officials are interviewing those who became ill to find out what they may have eaten and been exposed to in the week before they got sick. This is how investigations into food-borne illnesses are typically conducted. Russell said in “initial interviews, many of the ill persons reported consuming sushi, sashimi, or similar foods in a variety of locations in the week before becoming ill.” However, it is still early in the investigation. According to the CDC, consumers are not being told to avoid any particular food or restaurants. Once a particular food is identified for this outbreak, the public will be notified, according to a CDC statement. Consumers are advised to contact their doctor if they believe they became ill from eating potentially contaminated food. –CNN
contribution by Elizabeth M.
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8 Responses to Salmonella outbreak reported in 19 U.S. states

  1. Dianne Ford says:

    Who wants to eat sushi anyway? icka, icka poo


  2. Rob says:

    Perhaps it’s people who realize just how good Sushimi is & how good it is FOR you 😉


  3. Rob says:

    I should add the caveate, “WHEN the product being prepared is properly processed, both prior to being delivered to the location that it’s prepared & while there & BEING prepared, stored & served.” 😉 I hope that covers all the ways it can go so horribly wrong.


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