Monday, April 9, 2012

100 ill from Salmonella Bareilly

CDC reports that more than 100 people in 19 states are ill from Salmonella Bareilly. CDC states that, this time, at there is no confirmed link to any product. But various news reports state that sushi (spicy tuna rolls) are being looked at closely.

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly InfectionsCDC, Apr 6

· A total of 100 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 19 states and the District of Columbia.
· The number of ill persons identified in each 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).
· 10 ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
· The investigation has not conclusively identified a food source.
 · The investigation is ongoing into individual food items and their sources.
CDC and FDA are working together on the investigation and will provide updates as soon as they are available.
· 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.

More salmonella cases reported in outbreak,0,4200695.story

By Ryan Haggerty Tribune reporter
Chicago Tribune
 1:35 p.m. CDT, April 6, 2012

Seven more people have been confirmed as victims of a nationwide salmonella outbreak, including one more person in Chicago, state and federal health officials announced today.

In all, 100 people across the country and nine in Illinois have been made ill in the outbreak, whose source has still not been determined, officials with the Centers for Disease Control said.

The outbreak, which was first confirmed Wednesday, involves salmonella bareilly, an unusual strain of the salmonella bacterium, CDC officials said.

It has been connected to reported illnesses that have occurred between Jan. 28 and March 25 in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Those affected said they had eaten sushi, sashimi or similar foods in the week before their symptoms began, according to the CDC.

Salmonella infections often cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours, according to the CDC. Symptoms usually last four to seven days.

Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can be fatal if not treated quickly with antibiotics, according to the agency.

So far, New York has seen the most cases, with 23, officials said. Maryland has had 10 reported cases, while Illinois and Wisconsin each have 9.

The new case in Chicago joins five other previously reported illnesses in the city, according to the state Department of Public Health. Two of the state’s other cases were in Will County, and one case occurred in suburban Cook County, the department said.

The Illinois residents who were infected began feeling sick between Feb. 11 and March 17, state health officials said. Three of them required hospitalization.

Seven other people in other states also were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported anywhere in the country, federal officials said.

The CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and state and local health agencies are trying to find and interview other victims to help identify the source of the infections, officials said.

Because the source has not been identified, Illinois health officials are not advising people to avoid any specific foods or restaurants, according to the state’s health department.

People who think they may have become sick from eating contaminated food should contact their doctors, a department spokeswoman said.

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