Health officials say that 53 people in nine states have been sickened with salmonella likely linked to eating raw tuna.
The California Department of Public Health is saying that 31 of the 53 cases have been recorded in the state, while the remaining sick have been recorded in Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
According to state federal officials, 10 people have been hospitalized so far, but no deaths have been reported. While the source of the outbreak remains unknown, most reported falling ill after eating sushi containing raw tuna.
“At this time, a common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website.
Health officials are warning that young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems not eat raw fish or raw shellfish.
“This is a good reminder to Californians that there are sometimes risks when eating raw or undercooked meats, fish or poultry,” Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, said in a statement.