Tainted Tuna Sushi A Suspect In Salmonella Outbreak That Sickens Five Virginia

Five Virginia residents are among the 100 victims of a Salmonella outbreak that has spread through 19 states and the District of Columbia.

The victims are between the ages of 20 and 59 and are from the central and northwestern part of the state, according to a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health.  Case patients from all states range in age from 4 to 78, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Forty seven percent are female and 53 percent are male, according to the CDC.

State and federal health officials have been working since February to identify the source of the outbreak but have not yet pinpointed one, according to the CDC update. In patient interviews, foods made from raw tuna or other raw fish including  sushi and sashimi were mentioned, so they are among the foods being investigated.

Outbreak victims have all been sickened by the same rare strain of Salmonella called Salmonella Bareilly. Salmonella poisoning can be serious and in some cases life-threatening, according to the CDC. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea,vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Health officials urge anyone with those symptoms  to see a health care provider.

The CDC’s latest case count by state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (5), District of Columbia (2), Georgia (4), Illinois (9), Louisiana (2), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (4), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (7), New York (23), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (3), Rhode Island (4), South Carolina (3), Texas (3), Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (9).

If you have legal questions regarding an illness or hospitalization associated with this outbreak, an would like a free consultation with a Salmonella lawyer at the law firm of PritzkerOlsen P.A., contact them online or by calling 1(888) 377-8900, toll free.


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