200 Now Sick in Salmonella Sushi Outbreak

200 now sick in salmonella sushi outbreak

April 26, 2012

At least 200 people in 21 states and Washington, D.C., now have been sickened by raw scraped tuna contaminated with not one but two rare strains of salmonella, government health officials reported Thursday.

Tainted tuna scraped from the backbone of the fish has been linked not only to the salmonella Bareilly strain, but also to salmonella Nchanga infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The two genetic fingerprint patterns of the strains have been grouped into an single outbreak strain, CDC officials said.

At least 190 people have been confirmed with salmonella Bareilly infections, and another 10 have been infected with salmonella Nchanga. Twenty-eight victims have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

A frozen yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, produced by Moon Marie USA Corp. is the likely source of the outbreak.

Earlier this month, Moon Marine recalled 58,828 pounds of the frozen tuna product. It wasn’t for sale to individual customers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes in restaurants and grocery stores.

The outbreak could continue to grow. Illnesses that occurred after March 27 might not be reported yet because of the time frame between when a person becomes ill and when it’s reported to authorities.

At least two people have filed lawsuits against Moon Marine, a Cupertino, Calif., firm. The women, both from Wisconsin, said they became ill after eating tainted seafood.

(Link: http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/26/11413590-200-now-sick-in-salmonella-sushi-outbreak?lite

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