4 Salmonella Newport infection cases reported in North Dakota

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Four cases of Salmonella Newport infection have been reported in North Dakota.

The State Health Department says the likely cause of the infection is frozen, raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna Inc.

On April 15, Jensen Tuna Inc. voluntarily recalled frozen ground tuna imported from JK Fish of Vietnam.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms typically begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria but can take as long as 16 days.

Most cases resolve within four to seven days without treatment, but severe cases and cases involving complications may require hospitalization. Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, adults older than 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.

If you think you may have become ill from eating raw tuna sushi, contact your health care provider.

To reduce the risk of salmonellosis Salmonella infection, people should:

- Avoid eating raw or under-cooked meats, poultry, seafood, and eggs.

- Use a food thermometer to ensure that cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature. For further information, please visit www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html.

- Avoid cross-contamination by keeping ready-to-eat foods separate from raw meats, poultry, and seafood.

- Wash fresh produce before consuming it.

- Use separate cutting boards for fresh produce and raw meats, poultry, and seafood.

- Clean and disinfect food preparation work surfaces.

- Wash hands with soap and running water often, especially before and after preparing food, after handling pets and livestock, before eating, and after using the bathroom or changing diapers.​