CDC set to announce 50 person, nine state Salmonella paratyphi outbreak.

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.”

He advised anyone with Salmonella symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramping, especially after recently eating raw ground tuna, to seek medical attention.

The county’s health and environmental officials, along with those on the state and federal level, are working with their counterparts in California and New Mexico, where there are also Salmonella paratyphi illness cases linked to raw tuna sushi.

New Mexico reported six confirmed cases as of Friday, while California, as of today, had 29 cases from five different counties potentially linked to consumption or raw tuna sushi.

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