We’re suckers for good sushi here, and a spicy tuna roll is a welcome addition to any day of the week… except this week, maybe. Only because this week it was made public that the FDA and the Center for Disease Control are investigating an outbreak of the rare Salmonella Bareilly* that has left over 90 people ill across 19 states and Washington, DC.
CNN reports that the outbreak began in late January, but the CDC and FDA had been keeping the outbreak fairly under wraps (as they are wont to do). But according to CDC spokesperson Lola Russell, the outbreak was revealed when an internal memo accidentally went out to everyone within the FDA.
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Here is what the memo outlined: at least 90 victims fell ill with Salmonella serotype Bareilly in up to 19 states on the East and Gulf Coasts, as well as in the District of Columbia. The first reported case was on January 28, but additional cases have been reported as early as this week. The Wall Street Journal elaborates that no deaths have been reported, but seven people have been hospitalized. The FDA memo also noted that, while no particular item has been confirmed as the source, the CDC was looking at sushi as the cause “"with spicy tuna roll sushi highly suspect."
Et tu, spicy tuna? Perhaps, but Russell explained to CNN that investigations are still in order before anyone can determine where exactly the Salmonella came from:
Russell said that, "on initial interviews, many of the ill persons reported consuming sushi, sashimi, or similar foods in a variety of locations in the week before becoming ill." However, it is still early in the investigation.
In the meantime, the CDC is advising people to continue about their daily business and not avoid eating anything in particular. If you do start to feel signs of food poisoning, however, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor – and try to keep track of what you ate. But that’s just good practice no matter what.
*Not to be confused with Sara Bareilles who won’t write you a love song OR make you sick