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Salmonella outbreak linked to a variety of raw turkey products; 90 people sick in 26 states

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jul 20, 2018

(CNN, WMBD) - A nationwide salmonella outbreak could be widespread in the turkey industry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency said they are still trying to pinpoint a source.

The salmonella outbreak is linked to raw turkey products, which has made 90 people sick, hospitalizing 40. As of July 11, four people have been impacted by the outbreak in Florida.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported cases in 26 states since November, but they haven't been able to find a direct source.

The meat was purchased from many different locations and in different forms, including ground turkey, turkey pieces, and whole turkeys.

The CDC says samples of raw turkey products and live turkeys tested positive for the outbreak strain of salmonella.

The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys.

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

However, the CDC said the illness is "present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry."

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.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps and usually last four to seven days.

Most people recover without treatment.