Between April 4th and May 1st of this year, health officials from the New Mexico Department of Health and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department have identified at least 6 victims of an outbreak of a rare strain of Salmonella, serotype Salmonella Paratyphi. Five of the victims are resident of Bernalillo County, and one is a resident of Sandoval County. This is believed to be a part of a larger outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi linked to tainted sushi – there are other cases pending in other states and the wider investigation is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least five of the six identified victims recalls eating sushi in the days prior to their illness.
Rita Ward, from the Department of Health, stated: “People at risk of severe illness associated with Salmonella Paratyphi, including the elderly and very young and anyone who is immunocompromised, are urged to not consume any raw seafood product. Anyone with nausea, diarrhea with or without blood, abdominal cramping and fever, especially after recently eating raw fish, should seek medical attention. Healthcare providers are advised to get stool cultures from patients presenting with diarrhea and fever.” This sentiment is shared by Salmonella lawyer Ron Simon, who has represented thousands of victims of food poisoning, including taking the leading role in the most recent nation-wide outbreak of Salmonella linked to imported tuna served in sushi.
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