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Illinois Reports 10th Salmonella Case from Recalled Tuna

An outbreak of Salmonella found in a fish product has sicken 116 people in 20 states, 10 of those cases are Illinois residents. The source was identified over the weekend as a fish processing plant in California.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak was first confirmed on April 4, 2012 with 93 people, including eight in the state of Illinois, infected with the virus. The outbreak involves salmonella bareilly, a strain of the salmonella bacterium.

Symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Dehydration and diarrhea can lead to a need for hospitalization. Minnesota Twins pitcher Liam Hendricks was recently hospitalized from symptoms of food poisoning and missed his scheduled pitching date in Baltimore.

The current outbreak is connected to illnesses reportedly occurring between January 28 and March 31. As of April 14,  the samonella infection has been attributed to Moon Marine USA Corporation (MMI) in California and a yellow fin tuna product. This product is sold to restaurants and supermarkets but not individuals. At this time, MMI is recalling 59,000 pounds of the tuna backmeat that can be found in ‘spicy tuna’ as well as other sushi and sashimi dishes.

If you or a loved one has been sickened with food poisoning, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal rights.