The state that was most affected by the salmonella bacterium is California, where most cases were reported.
Other states where people ate raw tuna and contracted salmonella include the state of Mississippi, New Mexico and Arizona.
According to the health officials who are in charge of this situation, there were no deaths reported but more than 10 people were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Although no one knows exactly what cause the salmonella outbreak, all the patients said they consumed raw tuna and that’s how they got sick.
The health officials suspect a common brand that supplies raw tuna and the company is linked to all the infected patients.
Salmonella is one of the most frequent and common types of food poisoning in the United States.
Some of the symptoms of salmonella include intense fever, cramps and diarrhea.
Health officials warn that the elderly and young children should not eat raw fish until the authorities determine what caused the illness.
Uncooked or raw meat can carry a number of bacteria that can affect humans and produce various stomach related illnesses.
Health officials advise people to always cook the meat before consuming it in order to avoid these types of illnesses.
Authorities in charge of the case have already collected samples from different types of raw tuna brands in order to determine the cause of the salmonella outbreak.
In the United States there have been several epidemics that killed hundreds of people after being infected with the disease.
At the moment, the situation is kept under control and appropriate measures have been taken in order to assure that the salmonella outbreak does not spread to other people and become a national problem.
Authorities advise that as a precautionary measure, pregnant women and children must avoid consuming raw meat of any kind, such as fish meat, chicken and pork until the situation has been taken care of.
According to a report by the Orange County Register, tuna does not carry the salmonella bacteria naturally, but tuna meat can become infected with the virus if it had previously been exposed to other foods that do carry the bacteria, such as meat, poultry and eggs.
California Department of Public Health said that the salmonella outbreak was most likely cause by the consumption of raw tuna used in the preparation of sushi.
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