Two Louisiana residents have been hospitalized by the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 100 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Louisiana has a total of two confirmed cases who are part of the multi-state outbreak, both are form the southeastern part of the state and both required hospitalization after contracting Salmonella Bareilly infections between February 14 and February 18 2012.
State and federal health officials have been working together since January to determine the source of the outbreak, but have not yet pinpointed one. However, because many of the patients, including one from Louisiana, reported eating sushi prior to becoming ill, sushi, sashimi and other dishes made with raw tuna or other raw fish are among the suspected food sources.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea which can sometimes be bloody, fever, and abdominal cramps developing six to 72 hours after exposure. The illness usually lasts four to seven days but in some cases the diarrhea is so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. If a Salmonella infection spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream, it can be fatal if untreated.
Complications of a Salmonella infection can have long-term consequences and include bacteremia - a life threatening infection of the blood that can infect the brain (meningitis), heart (endocarditis), bones (osteomyelitis), and other parts of the body; colitis and reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome) - eye irritation, painful urination, painful joints and other sources of pain.
Health officials urge anyone with symptoms of a Salmonella infection to seek medical attention. Those with legal questions about an illness or a hospitalization associated with this outbreak can contact a food poisoning attorney at the law firm of Pritzker Olsen P.A. for a free consultation. PritzkerOlsen is a national leader in food safety, reach our attorneys online or by calling toll free at 1(888) 377-8900.