State and federal health officials are collaborating on an investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly that has sickend at least 93 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to a statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. At least 10 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
The case count by state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (4), District of Columbia (2), Georgia (4), Illinois (8), Louisiana (2), Maryland (8), Massachusetts (4), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (6), New York (23), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (4), South Carolina (3), Texas (3), Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (8).
The investigation, which began January 28, 2012 is ongoing and investigators are still trying to determine the source of the outbreak and whether it is foodborne. State health officials are interviewing those who became ill to learn which foods they might have eaten and other exposures in the week prior to the onset of illness. During initial interviews, many people reported that they had eaten sushi, sashimi, or similar foods in a variety of locations in the week before becoming ill.
Salmonella Bareilly is an unusual serotype of Salmonella, according to the CDC. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps which set in six to 72 hours after infection and last four to seven days. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream and then to other body sites, it can be fatal if untreated.
"Consumers can be reassured that FDA and CDC are working vigorously on this investigation and will provide updates as soon as they are available," the agency said in a statement today. "If a specific food source is identified for this outbreak, public health officials will alert the public and take further steps to prevent additional illnesses."
Anyone who believes they may have become ill from eating a potentially contaminated food product should consult their health care providers. Anyone with legal questions about an illness associated with this outbreak can contact a Salmonella lawyer at the law firm PritzkerOlsen P.A., a national leader in food safety. They can be reached online or by calling toll free 1 (888) 377-8900.