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Officials say 31 Californians, including six in Orange County, have suffered food poisoning as a result of salmonella-contaminated raw tuna in sushi.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, officials with the California Department of Public Health said as of Thursday, 53 salmonella cases have been reported in nine states, of which 31 were in California.
Public health officials are warning Californians that there is a risk of food poisoning when eating raw or undercooked meats, fish or poultry.
Nationwide, so far, 10 patients have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Most of the patients reported eating sushi containing the raw tuna during the week before their fell ill.
The illness dates ranged from March 5 to May 13. Several agencies are investigating the source of the outbreak.
In California, nine cases were reported in Los Angeles County, six in Orange, four in Riverside, seven in San Diego, one in Santa Barbara, and four in Ventura.
The patients’ ages range from 1 to 83.
Salmonella Can Be Dangerous
Salmonella infections are the most common cause of hospitalizations relating to food poisoning in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The most common symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Officials warn that it is important to get the necessary testing and cultures to help treat the infections and to help with outbreak management.
Salmonella infections often severely affect children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
If You Have Been Affected
Food poisoning victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, diagnostic costs, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Food producers have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that their products are safe for consumers.
If you have suffered an illness or hospitalization as a result of a food-borne illness, isolate and preserve the product, if possible, so it can be tested in a lab for pathogens.
Contact your local health care agency to report the issue. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County food poisoning attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, damages and losses.