Tuna Salmonella Outbreak Update – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of May 21, 2015, a total of 53 persons have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) across nine states. The number of confirmed illnesses by 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). llness onset dates range from March 5, 2015 to May 3, 2015. Ten of the outbreak victims required hospitalization as a result of their illness.
More About The Tuna Salmonella Outbreak
The CDC advises that illness caused by this strain of Salmonella typically includes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+) does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever.
How Safe Are Consumers? – Public health investigators were not able to confirm the source of the outbreak; however, 94% of the outbreak victims who were interviewed, reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week before contracting salmonellosis. Since a common brand or supplier of the raw tuna causing the illnesses was not identified, the CDC’s report concludes that “there are no specific steps for restaurants, retailers, or consumers to take to protect their customers or themselves.”
CDC Safety Recommendations Regarding Raw Fish Consumption – As a preventative measure, the CDC makes the following recommendation:
“People at higher risk for serious foodborne illness should not eat any raw fish or raw shellfish, regardless of an ongoing outbreak. These groups include:
• Children younger than 5 years
• Adults older than 65 years
• Pregnant women
• People with weakened immune systems”
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