- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico health authorities are investigating a cluster of salmonella cases in the Albuquerque area, including possible exposures linked to sushi.

The state Department of Health reports six confirmed cases between April 4 and May 1, with five of the six people having reported eating sushi containing raw fish.

Salmonella is a leading cause of food poisoning nationally. The most common sources of salmonella infection are undercooked poultry, eggs, and meat. Pet birds and reptiles as well as other pets with diarrhea can transmit salmonella.

According to the Health Department, federal agencies and other states also are investigating illnesses associated with the same salmonella strain.

All six New Mexico cases involve adults, including one who has been hospitalized. Five live in Bernalillo County and one lives in neighboring Sandoval County.



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