Saturday, February 16, 2008

Salmonella Paratyphi in Raw Ahi - Hawaii: An Update

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed another case of salmonellosis linked to consumption of raw ahi tuna. The fish was purchased at an Oahu store.

Since October 2007, the state has confirmed 34 cases of Salmonella Paratyphi B infection. While the specific source of the pathogen has not yet been identified, epidemiological investigations point to imported raw tuna.

According to the Hawaii news release, cases of Salmonella Paratyphi B infections linked to eating raw fish have also been reported in California and Colorado.

It would be a wise precaution to refrain from eating sushi and sashimi - at least those varieties made with tuna - until the source of this outbreak has been traced.

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