90 people in 26 states infected with Salmonella: CDC

Ben Davidson
July 21, 2018

The CDC said earlier this week that it is investigating the multistate outbreak in which raw turkey from "a variety of sources" was contaminated with Salmonella Reading, leading to infections in 26 states.

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". Two people lived in a home where pets were fed raw turkey pet food.

The CDC says the strain is present in many raw turkey products, suggesting it is widespread in the turkey industry.

In addition to MA, the CDC says illnesses have been reported in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys. Gieraltowski said the agency didn't alert the public until now partly because it couldn't identify a common source it could tell people to avoid. According to the report, "This resistance likely will not affect the choice of antibiotic used to treat most people since these antibiotics are not normally used to treat salmonella infections".

Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.

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To kill harmful germs, both raw turkey and leftovers should be heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating your food or your pet's food. Check the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the food. Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet. This can spread germs around your kitchen and sink. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods.

Wash your hands before and after preparing any food, especially raw meat, as well as all preparation areas, including counter tops and cutting boards. ". and make sure that your countertops, cutting boards, and utensils are all clean".

Do not feed raw pet food to pets.

Federal health officials also advise against feeding raw diets to pets.

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