Salmonella outbreak linked to sushi sickens people in 9 states

May 22, 2015 at 1:27 p.m. ET
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If you were thinking about kicking off your long weekend with sushi, you might want to think twice.

A salmonella outbreak has sickened 53 people in nine states. California has been hit the hardest, with 31 cases reported. Additional cases have been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Though the source of the outbreak is unknown, the Associated Press reports that "most who fell ill reported eating sushi containing raw tuna." Health officials are investigating further.

No deaths have been reported, though 10 people have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, "Every year, Salmonella is estimated to cause one million illnesses in the United States, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection."

The question is, is your favorite sushi worth the risk?

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