Deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to a variety of raw turkey products; 164 people sick in 35 states

Deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to a variety of raw turkey products; 164 people sick in 35 states
Posted at 3:11 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 15:11:14-05

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that since July, 74 more people have reportedly fallen ill from a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products. Bringing the total to 164 ill people from 35 states.

Out of the 164 people, 63 have been hospitalized. One death was reported from California, according to the CDC. As of November 8, seven people have been impacted by the outbreak in Florida.

Illnesses in this outbreak started from November 20, 2017, to October 20, 2018.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in various raw turkey products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. The outbreak strain has also been found in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry.

A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified, the CDC says.

CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination. The CDC says that the investigation is ongoing and they will provide more information when it becomes available. 

To help prevent salmonella infection wash your hands thoroughly after handling any raw meat and poultry products.

Cook those products to the recommended temperature.

And avoid feeding raw foods to pets.

People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.