US Salmonella Outbreak: 40 People Hospitalized in 26 States

Pearl Mccarthy
July 21, 2018

On Thursday, the CDC announced an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 90 people across 26 states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says they are monitoring a Salmonella outbreak with ties to raw turkey products.

Dr. Laura Gieraltowski, Lead for the CDC's Foodborne Outbreak Response Team, said, "A lot of people in this outbreak are reporting many different types of turkey products, like whole turkey and ground turkey, and many different brands".

Investigators found the strain in raw turkey marketed for humans as well as turkey-based pet foods and live turkeys.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in samples from raw turkey pet food in Minnesota, from raw turkey products from 19 slaughter and six processing establishments, and from live turkeys from several states.

Investigation of the Outbreak In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became sick.

The strain "might be widespread in the turkey industry".

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The CDC has yet to determine whether the outbreak was caused by a single source or by multiple providers of raw turkey products. 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.

"It just shows how salmonella, particularly antibiotic-resistant salmonella, can be in one location and spread through the entire food chain", he told The Washington Post. The CDC recommended that turkey products, including burgers, casseroles, and sausages, be cooked or reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees - including leftovers.

Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating your food or your pet's food.

Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This can spread germs around your kitchen and sink. Hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils should all be cleaned with warm, soapy water after coming into contact with raw turkey.

Do not wash raw poultry before cooking. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick.

- Avoid feeding raw diets to pets, as germs like salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick.

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