Die-hard sushi fanatics might consider taking a break from spicy tuna rolls, at least until the Food and Drug Administration completes its investigation of a possible sushi-related salmonella outbreak, the Washington Post reported.
The FDA has not yet definitively determined the source of the outbreak, but the spicy tuna rolls are high on the suspect list. So far, 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia have reported salmonella symptoms. Hospitalization has been required for seven people, but no deaths have been reported.
Since mid-February, reported sushi-related salmonella cases have spanned the country from the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast, affecting diners in Texas, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Missouri, New York and Louisiana, but the 11 other states haven’t been identified.
Because salmonella has similar, albeit more severe symptoms to common stomach viruses, many cases go unreported and the FDA said there may 30-day delay between the onset of illness and reporting salmonella.
Salmonella is characterized by severe symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food. For the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems, salmonella poisoning can be life-threatening.
-Elise Rambaud Marrion @emarrion_cmn