Sushi may be linked to Salmonella

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is working to find the exact cause of a Salmonella outbreak in several states.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and other local health departments are working with the FDA and CDC and public health officials in several other states to investigate a multi state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Bareilly infections.

Salmonella Bareilly is an uncommon sterotype of Salmonella.

There have been eight cases confirmed in Maryland, all in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.  None of these cases have been hospitalized for the infections.

The investigation so far has not yet conclusively identified a food source for the infections, but say at least some of the affected reported eating sushi, sashimi or similar food in a variety of locations in the week before falling ill.

Symptoms of Salmonella bacteria infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. The illness normally lasts 2 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment, however, in some cases, the infected may need to be hospitalized.

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