Another documented Wisconsin illness in the tuna sushi Salmonella outbreak has made the greater Milwaukee area and nearby Waukesha County a hot spot in the scramble by investigators to find out what specific ingredient in tuna rolls or which raw tuna itself is giving people infections.
With a total of nine confirmed illnesses caused by the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly, Wisconsin is one of the hardest hit states in the country and health investigators have been busy interviewing victims about what they ate in the weeks before falling ill with diarrhea, painful abdominal cramps, fever, headache and other symptoms. At least three of the nine Wisconsin Salmonella victims were hospitalized compared to seven hospitalizations in the 18 other outbreak states -- including Illinois, Texas and New York.
Stephanie Smiley, Communications Director of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said the latest Wisconsin case patient lives in Milwaukee County. A total of four state cases are in Milwaukee County while five are in Waukesha County, she said. In response to the crush of media coverage, Smiley says her department will give daily updates on the tuna Salmonella outbreak on weekdays.
The outbreak coincides with the last week in Lent, one of the heaviest fish-buying periods of the year. Good Friday, in particular, is a day of heavy fish consumption in the U.S.
If you or a loved on has fallen ill after consuming raw tuna, spicy tuna roll or other sushi product, or if you ate at a Japanese style restaurant and became sick, see your doctor immediately and get tested. You could be at risk for Reiter's Syndrome or one of the other serious and long-term complications of Salmonellosis and your case could be the one that helps investigators unlock the puzzle that still surrounds the root of the outbreak, which has moved rapidly in the two months that it's been active.
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