A sushi Salmonella outbreak may have sickened as many as 90 people in 19 states and Washington D.C., according to the Associated Press.
Health officials are trying to pinpoint the source of the outbreak but suspect spicy tuna rolls may have played a role in six clusters of Salmonella poisoning associated with restaurants in Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut. At least seven people have been hospitalized, according to the AP.
The outbreak strain is Salmonella Bareilly. If ingested, Salmonella can cause an infection called salmonellosis, which can be severe. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever which set in between six and 72 hours of eating the contaminated food and last two to seven days. Salmonellosis can be life-threatening for people with weakened immune systems.
Health officials urge anyone who becomes ill after eating sushi to see a health care provider. Anyone with legal questions about an illness or hospitalization associated with this outbreak can contact the food poisoning attorneys at the law firm of PritzkerOlsen P.A. for a free consultation. They can be reached online or by calling toll free at 1 (888) 377-8900.