Salmonella Outbreak Strikes Cobb

Sushi is a possible source of the bacteria across the South and East.

Cobb County has been hit by a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 93 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Georgia has experienced four of the 93 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WSB-TV says three of those people are in Fulton County, and the fourth is in Cobb.

Ten of the 93 victims identified between Jan. 28 and March 23 had to be hospitalized; no one has died.

One possible link to the outbreak is sushi, particularly spicy tuna rolls, the CDC says, although its investigation continues.

A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration, which issued a memo Tuesday warning of the expanding outbreak, told The Associated Press it’s too soon to speculate on the source of the bacteria.

Reports of the illness can take a month to reach the federal investigators.

Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps are typical salmonella symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection, the CDC says. The Atlanta agency has extensive information on salmonellosis.


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