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CDC: 164 infected with salmonella infection linked to raw turkey

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A multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products is growing.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, more than 164 people have been infected with the outbreak in 35 states including Florida as of November 5, 2018.


Of those infections, 63 people were hospitalize and one died as a result of the infection. Florida is reporting at least seven people becoming sick.

AT A GLANCE

  • REPORTED CASES: 164
  • STATES: 35
  • HOSPITALIZED: 63
  • DEATHS: 1

“The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in various raw turkey products, including ground turkey and turkey patties”, the CDC reports. “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 is advising people to take the following precautions to help prevent getting infected:

  • Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.
  • CDC is NOT advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey products, or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products.
  • General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good hand washing and cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
  • More prevention advice here
  • People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
  • Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
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