US Salmonella Outbreak: 40 People Hospitalized in 26 States

Leslie Hanson
July 20, 2018

In interviews with people that have gotten sick, they reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations.

No deaths have been reported as a result of the outbreak. Minnesota had the most people affected by the salmonella outbreak with 13 people ranging in age from 1 to 91 years old getting sick.

Investigators have linked the outbreak to raw turkey in various products and pet foods.

"Given that this outbreak has been continuing for nine months, it's still surprising that the USDA and CDC did not alert the public earlier so people would know to be especially careful with raw turkey", said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

"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", the agency said.

No common supplier of turkey has been identified, but the outbreak strain has turned up in samples of raw pet food, raw turkey, and live turkeys.

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

The CDC recommends that people handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning, wash your hands, cook raw turkey thoroughly, and don't spread germs from turkey around food preparation areas.

Cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs.

Turkey burgers, turkey breasts, whole turkeys, casseroles, and sausage should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food and before eating. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. "We'll continue working with our federal and private industry partners to investigate any future outbreaks, but in the meantime, people should protect themselves by using best practices when handling food, both in and out of the kitchen".

Prevent cross-contamination by separating raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs when you prepare and store foods.

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

And speaking of pets, humans aren't the only ones the CDC cares about during this outbreak. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick.

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