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Salmonella Hits America

At least 90 people have been sickened by an unusual strain of salmonella — Bareilly, with sushi a possible culprit, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.

The foodborne illness was reported in 19 states and the District of Columbia from Jan. 28 to April 2, and the outbreak appears to be ongoing, the CDC said in a statement. Many of the ill persons said they had eaten sushi, sashimi or similar foods before becoming sick.

The CDC did not report any deaths or hospitalizations. It is working with the Food and Drug Administration and state officials to identify the source of the outbreak.

People infected with salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Although many people recover without treatment, salmonella poisoning can be serious, causing hospitalization or even death. Proper cooking kills salmonella and most other foodborne pathogens.

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