Ten people from the Baltimore area are among the 100 case patients of a Salmonella outbreak that has spread through 19 states and the District of Columbia.
The ten cases in Maryland are all from the greater Baltimore area, Albina Chu, a spokeswoman from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told Food Poisoning Bulletin in an interview today. Chu said the state does not disclose certain information about outbreak case patients such as their gender or county of residence.
Health officials have still not identified a definite source of the outbreak, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but foods made from raw tuna such as sushi and sashimi are among potential sources being investigated.
Salmonella poisoning can cause moderate to life-threatening illness, according to the CDC. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea which can sometimes be bloody. A fever sometimes accompanies other symptoms which usually set in between six and 72 hours after exposure and last four to seven days. In some cases, where severe diarrhea causes dehydration, hospitalization is required. Infections that move into the bloodstream can be fatal if untreated. Health officials urge anyone with these symptoms to see a health care provider.
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