CONCORD, N.C. — 159 people have gotten sick after eating sushi sold at two Concord Harris Teeter stores, according to Cabarrus County health officials reported Wednesday.
That number is up from Tuesday’s report that 128 people from at least 85 households got sick after eating sushi from the third-party AFC Sushi kiosk located inside the Harris Teeter stores on George W. Liles Parkway and Concord Parkway North between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19, according to the Cabarrus Health Alliance gave an update.
The George W. Liles Parkway location has suspended sushi production and sales.
Earlier, officials said they were aware of at least 10 people who were sick from eating the sushi. CHA’s Communicable Disease Department will begin working with LabCorp Tuesday afternoon to collect samples from some of the people who are ill.
Officials said many of the people are experiencing symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and abdominal cramps.
Danielle Frazier contacted Channel 9 with a similar experience. She said she bought sushi from a Harris Teeter location in Charlotte in the same timeframe and has been sick ever since.
“It was non-stop for about a week straight. It was to the point to where I couldn’t eat or drink for a week,” Frazier said.
She said the sushi was the last thing she ate before becoming so sick that she had to go to the hospital twice.
“They told me that because I had diarrhea for so long that I had an infection in my colon,” Frazier said.
She said she is doing a lot better now and wants people to be safe.
At this point, the company and the Mecklenburg County Health Department haven’t confirmed any other cases tied to locations other than the two in Concord.
Last Friday, officials said they used loyalty card transaction data to identify and notify 429 households that purchased sushi products at the Concord locations during the timeframe.
CHA said they released the information out of an abundance of caution because 107 other sushi transactions were made without a loyalty card.
“We are encouraging anyone who purchased sushi from the George W. Liles or the Concord Parkway Harris Teeter between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19, to throw away any purchased items or leftovers,” said Chrystal Swinger, CHA Environmental Health Director.
“Committed to the quality of its products and the safety of its customers, Harris Teeter removed and discarded all sushi products from the two stores,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “The departments have undergone a thorough deep cleaning and sanitation. We have reopened following inspection and approval by Cabarrus Health Alliance.”
Those who are sick are encouraged to stay hydrated and seek medical attention if symptoms do not improve within 24 hours. CHA also encourages anyone who visits their doctor to request a stool sample to help identify the pathogen.
If you ate sushi from the George W. Liles or Concord Parkway Harris Teeter locations between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19 and experienced vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and abdominal cramps, please contact the Cabarrus Health Alliance – Environmental Health Department at (704) 920-1207.
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