An outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly has sickened 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia between January 28 and April 2, according to CDC. Although many of those who became ill reported eating sushi, sashimi, or similar foods, CDC can’t yet say if anyone should avoid specific foods or restaurants, and FDA public information officer Curtis Allen points out that early speculation as to the cause of salmonella outbreaks has been wrong in the past. A full list of affected states has not been released.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, and the illness typically lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but older adults, infants, and those with compromised immune systems may suffer a more severe form of the illness, which in some cases requires hospitalization. Anyone who exhibits symptoms of salmonella poisoning should consult their physician.
CDC, FDA, and local public health officials continue to investigate the outbreak. Further updates will be provided once more news is available.