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May 19, 2015

Arizona reports nine-case outbreak from rare strain of Salmonella

Maricopa County, AZ, is reporting nine illnesses from a rare strain of Salmonella paratypi which officials say is associated with raw minced or ground tuna used in sushi. Disease onset for the nine AZ cases was from April 3-16, 2015, and three people have been hospitalized, the county reported on Friday, May 15.  “We are early into the investigation, but from the interviews we have completed with those who have gotten sick, there are multiple restaurants involved,” said Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix. “That is strong evidence that the contamination is occurring before it gets to the restaurant.”  Read More

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