Salmonella outbreak linked to consumption of frozen raw yellowfin tuna commonly used in sushi has now sickened 258 people in 24 U.S. states, CDC says

WASHINGTON , May 3, 2012 (press release) – A total of 258 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly or Salmonella Nchanga have been reported from 24 states and the District of Columbia. The 58 new cases are from California (2), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (8), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (3), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (6), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (13), Tennessee (2), Virginia (7), and Wisconsin (1).

* Two-hundred forty-seven persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 24 states and the District of Columbia. The number of ill persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), California (2), Connecticut (9), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (10), Illinois (23), Louisiana (3), Maryland (24), Massachusetts (27), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (25), New York (39), North Carolina (4), Pennsylvania (20), Rhode Island (6), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (4), Virginia (16), Vermont (1), and Wisconsin (16).
* Eleven persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Nchanga have been reported from 5 states. The number of ill persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Nchanga identified in each state is as follows: Georgia (2), New Jersey (2), New York (5), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1).

Among 258 persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from January 28 to April 20, 2012. Ill persons range in age from 4 to 86 years, with a median age of 30. Fifty-seven percent of patients are female. Among 173 persons with available information, 32 (18%) reported being hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses that occurred after April 4, 2012, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.

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