As a seafood lover, I was disappointed to learn today that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a salmonella outbreak in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The CDC has yet to release which states were affected by this outbreak. However, the CDC and other local health officials are still investigating into the source and how many states will ultimately be affected by this outbreak. Although the CDC has yet to confirm what food caused the outbreak, interviewees reported eating sushi, sashimi, or similar foods in several locations during the week before becoming sick.
Considering Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach's delicious arrays of seafood restaurants, diners should bear in mind the recent reports and perhaps consider avoiding raw or under-cooked seafood until the source is identified. Once the food culprit is identified, the CDC will release alert the public. Until then, seafood eaters in Ponte Vedra or Jacksonville Beach should remember that the oldest and youngest individuals in addition to those with weak immune systems are most at risk for becoming ill after eating potentially salmonella-contaminated food.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after someone is exposed to the bacteria. According to health officials, the sickness can last from four to seven days.
If you find yourself or your loved one sick with salmonella poisoning, call your doctor immediately. Then call a Ponte Vedra Personal Injury Attorney to discuss your circumstances and any legal options that may be available to you. I have three convenient offices located in Jacksonville, San Marco and the Jacksonville Beach area.
UPDATE: 100 have fallen sick to this current Outbreak!
UPDATE: The number of people who have fallen sick has increased to 166!!