Salmonella outbreak in frozen tuna sickens 62 people across 11 states

This map highlights the states affected by the salmonella outbreak as of July 20. (Photo: CDC)

At least 62 people across the country have been sickened after a recent salmonella outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recalls were announced this week as a result of the outbreak.

Since the outbreak was initially announced in May, people in 11 states have reported illnesses, the CDC reports. California had the highest number of cases with 34. Of those sickened, 11 have been hospitalized. At least one person from Virginia was sickened as well.

The Osamu Corporation issued a recall Tuesday for all frozen tuna sold to restaurants and grocery stores throughout the U.S. between May 9 and July 9. This includes loin, saku, chunk, slice and ground market forms. Look for purchase numbers 8563 or 8599 on the box. There was also a recall on one lot of frozen yellowfin tuna chunk meat, number 68568, sold May 20-26.

Those who have consumed contaminated tuna may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. People younger than age 5, over age 65 and pregnant women are all at higher risk for the illness.

The company believes that the affected tuna is no longer available for purchase, according to a release on the Food and Drug Administration website.

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