Four Georgia illnesses have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 93 people in 19 states, and federal and state health officials are investigating per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ten of the people sickened have required hospitalization, however, there has been no report of deaths according to the FDA. The CDC has identified the unusual strain of bacteria as salmonella Bareilly.
The source of the contamination is unclear at this time, however, there is speculation of sushi as a possibility. However, currently, the origin of the outbreak is not clear.
The first case related to the outbreak occured on January 28 and, most recently, on Monday. Investigators are interviewing those who were sickened to pinpoint the source. A CDC spokesperson has said that initial interviews have revealed the consumption of sushi, sashimi, or similar foods by those who were sickened.
At this time, the public is not being advised to avoid particular foods or restaurants.
Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, fever, as well as cramping. The symptoms can occur between 12 and 72 hours after consumption of the bacteria. Illness can last 4 to 7 days. Those who are most vulnerable to foodborne illness include the very young, the very old and those with compromised immune systems, such as those with chronic illness.
If you believe you were sickened by eating contaminated food, be sure to contact a physician to be evaluated.