Crab Meat From Venezuela Caused Multistate Outbreak of Fever
SILVER SPRING, MD & ATLANTA, GA — July 17, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control said fresh crab meat brought from Venezuela is carrying a bacteria known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
Among the symptoms, for those infected, which usually develop after 24 hours, are bloody diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, and stomach pain.
At least 12 people have been infected across the country, as of Friday. All of them have been hospitalized. Infected people were found in Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
The crab meat is commonly found in plastic tubs and might be labeled as “pre-cooked.”
Health officials are advising consumers to ask restaurants and grocery stores where they get their crab meat from, before they purchase or eat any. They also advise restaurants and retailers to be aware that meat carrying the bacteria could contaminate other food and workspaces. Hands should be sanitized frequently.
According to the FDA, the crab meat doesn’t necessarily seem sketchy at first glance, and it “may look, smell, and taste normal” despite being contaminated with the bacteria. However, if you consume enough of it to become infected, you’ll begin to notice the symptoms within about a day.
If you believe you may have eaten contaminated crab meat without knowing it, and are experiencing any of the symptoms, it’s obviously a good idea to contact your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.