More than 250 sickened by salmonella

May 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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ATLANTA, May 2 (UPI) -- Frozen raw yellowfin tuna -- Nakaochi Scrape -- from Moon Marine USA Corp. is the likely source of two Salmonella outbreaks, U.S. officials say.

Investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said consumers should not eat the recalled product, and retailers should not serve the recalled raw Nakaochi Scrape tuna product from Moon Marine USA Corp.

Based on an epidemiologic link and results of laboratory testing, the CDC combined this Salmonella Bareilly investigation with an ongoing multistate outbreak investigation of Salmonella serotype Nchanga infections.

A total of 258 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly -- 247 persons -- or Salmonella Nchanga -- 11 persons -- have been reported from 24 states and the District of Columbia.

No deaths were reported, but 32 people were hospitalized.

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).

Among 258 persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from Jan. 28 to April 20. Ill persons range in ages 4 to 86 years, with a median age of 30. Fifty-seven percent of patients were female, the CDC said.

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