Tuna Sushi Salmonella Outbreak Hits Wisconsin's Milwaukee, Waukesha Counties

A Salmonella outbreak that has sickened eight people in Wisconsin has prompted health officials to test restaurants in the Milwaukee area, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Tainted tuna and sushi are suspect in the outbreak which has sickened 93 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, although a specific food source has not yet been identified. Of the eight Wisconsin residents with confirmed cases of Salmonella Bareilly poisoning, three are from Milwaukee county, five are from Waukesha county. Three of them became so sick they were hospitalized.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause salmonellosis and infection that can be serious and sometimes life-threatening. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include, nausea, vomiting  abdominal cramping and diarrhea, which is sometimes bloody. Symptoms usually appear six to 72 hours after exposure and last four to seven days. In some cases, the diarrhea is so severe it causes dehydration and the patient needs to be hospitalized. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream, it can be fatal if untreated. Health officials urge anyone who develops these symptoms after eating food they believe was tainted to contact a health care provider.

Salmonella lawyers at the national food safety law firm of PritzkerOlsen can answer legal questions about an illness or hospitalization associated with this outbreak. For a free consultation contact them online or by calling toll free at 1 (888) 377-8900.

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