Connecticut Reports 6 Cases in Salmonella Bareilly Outbreak Linked to Raw Tuna
Connecticut has had its share of Salmonella poisonings in the last fifteen years, including at least 28 foodborne outbreaks due to Salmonella since 1998, according to the Connecticut Department of Health (CDPH) Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program. None of them, however, involved the Salmonella Bareilly strain linked to the current raw tuna outbreak. This rare salmonella strain has sickened at least 6 victims in Connecticut, which, like its New England neighbors, has a wide variety of retail establishments that carry sushi products.
According to Thomas McCabe, “New Haven is known to many people as a college town and many college students enjoy eating sushi. Fittingly, there are several high quality sushi restaurants located in New Haven. With Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University situated within the city and Quinnipiac College nearby, the demand for fresh, dynamic sushi in New Haven is constant.”
Unfortunately, this demand has led to the importation of raw tuna, this time from India by the Moon Marine USA Corporation, based in Cupertino, California. The tuna product is called “Nakaochi Scrape AA an AAA” and essentially is “tuna scrape” that is scrapped off the bones after the tuna fillets are removed. Although frozen when distributed, it is never cooked, allowing salmonella to remain active. As few as 15-20 cells of Salmonella Bareilly, once consumed, are necessary to make a consumer sick. Moon Marine has issued a nationwide recall of all potentially contaminated product.
Connecticut Quick to Identify Related Cases: More May Still be Reported
Connecticut was quick to link the known cases within Connecticut to the national outbreak because it is a participating member in PulseNet, a national network of public health laboratories that perform molecular subtyping of enteric pathogens using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). The network permits rapid electronic comparison of PFGE patterns. Closely related PFGE patterns suggest a common source—this process is often referred to as pathogen “DNA fingerprinting.” This capability has contributed significantly to detection and investigation of foodborne outbreaks in Connecticut and nationally.
Of the previous 28 salmonella outbreaks in Connecticut, the majority linked to Salmonella Enteritidis (7), Salmonella Newport (6), and Salmonella Typhimurium (5). Those outbreaks totalled 213 illnesses, of which 192 were laboratory confirmed; 39 persons were hospitalized with no deaths reported. The median number of cases of illness identified per outbreak was 6 (range 3-23 persons). Of the 28 outbreaks, 15 (54%) were linked to a specific food vehicle: produce items (6), cheese products (3), eggs (2), beef (2), a chicken product (1), and pork (1). The 6 produce items included tomatoes (3 outbreaks), mangoes (2 outbreaks), and cantaloupe.
Simon & Luke Accepting Representing Connecticut Sushi Victims – Let Us Help You
If you contracted salmonella poisoning after eating sushi or sushi products, and were contacted by the health department, then you are likely one of persons sickened in this Salmonella Bareilly outbreak. If so, you are entitled to a substantial salmonella settlement from Moon Marine USA Corporation and its insurers – i.e. full compensation for all of your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering you endured and will endure in the future. Even if your illness was not life threatening, you will still receive substantial compensation from the companies responsible for your illness.
Please call Simon & Luke for a free consultation on your legal rights. Our salmonella and food poisoning lawyers can help you with your Salmonella Bareilly sushi claim, lawsuit, and settlement in Connecticut and all other affected areas.
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