Texans Among Those In Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – At least three Texans have fallen ill in a multi-state outbreak of salmonella poisoning.

More than 90 people so far, in 19 states, have gotten sick, including ten that had to be hospitalized.

About a quarter of those sickened told federal health officials that they had eaten sort of sushi within a week of falling ill.

Chris Van Deusen, with the Texas Department of State Health Services, said health officials here are collaborating with ones from the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration.

“Folks in Texas we haven’t identified a source of this but that’s what the investigation is about,” said Van Deusen. “So that’s where we are at this point, just trying to determine what the source of this contamination was.”

Chris Van Deusen with the Texas Department of State Health Services says they’re still not sure if sushi is the culprit but the kind of salmonella makes it easier to identify.

While sushi has not been positively identified as the contamination source, officials say the type of salmonella involved is unusual.

“It’s called Salmonella Bareilly and it’s not one of the more common strains so that’s one of the things that makes it jump out to our epidemiologists,” said Van Deusen. “It makes it perhaps a little easier to connect the dots on something like this.”

In a memo released by the FDA the outbreak was called “rapid and expanding.”

As it stands, the investigation is focused on six clusters of restaurants in Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever and the illness can be life threatening to people with weakened immune systems.

So far, no deaths have been reported.

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  • DDR

    WHEW! I eat sushi and sashimi like it’s going out of style, but I’ve missed it the last several weeks. Lucky me!

    • AK

      Same here!!! Thank goodness. But is is so delicious!!

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  • JJ

    This is only one reason why I do not eat fish, much less raw fish.

    • B Reed

      Common sense dictates to me that any beef/chicken/pork — and yes, FISH — that is not heated to a certain temperature is possibly unsafe. However, cooked fish can be delicious!

  • FedUpTxn

    I once got food poisoning from sushi at a local grocery store. I tried to report it to local health officials and the store. No one gave a flip! I’ve not bought sushi from that store again and likely never will! I can’t help but wonder how many other people got sick and either didn’t report it, or no one took them seriously!

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