May 20, 2015: Arizona Reports 9 Salmonella Paratyphi Cases Associated With Raw Minced Or Ground Tuna Sushi

In a press release dated May 15, 2015, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that they are investigating a Salmonella Paratyphi outbreak associated with the consumption of raw minced or ground tuna in sushi. Nine confirmed illnesses were reported, with illness onset dates ranging form April 3 to April 16, 2015. Three of those sickened in the outbreak have required hospitalization as a result of their illness.

Multiple Restaurants May Be Involved – According to Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health, “We are early in the investigation, but from the interviews we have completed with those who have gotten sick, there are multiple restaurants involved.” Dr. England also cautioned that “Anyone with Salmonella symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramping, especially after recently eating raw ground tuna, should seek medical attention. Healthcare providers are advised to get stool cultures from patients presenting with diarrhea and fever.”

Two Other States Report Confirmed Cases – New Mexico and California have also reported confirmed cases of Salmonella Paratyphi food poisoning and ongoing investigations into raw fish sushi as the source of the outbreak.

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