Tainted turkey could make people sick this Thanksgiving

Leslie Hanson
November 12, 2018

Since the last update on July 19, 2018, 74 more ill people were reported, bringing the total to 164 ill people from 35 states.

Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties.

"The fact that investigators have been unable to pinpoint the outbreak's starting point, and that the outbreak strain is now "present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products", leads the CDC to believe that "[salmonella] might be widespread in the turkey industry", the release says.

One person is dead and more than 100 were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.

Since Salmonella infections can spread from one person to another, wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, the CDC tweeted out a reminder that raw turkeys should be thawed in the fridge, not on the counter.

Minnesota - with 17 cases - and IL - with 16 - have been the two hardest-hit states.


General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good handwashing and cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the CDC have been working with members of the turkey industry to reduce the harm of contamination events like this outbreak. Three patients are from households in which raw turkey pet food was given to pets.

Cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs.

Salmonella's symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after a person gets exposed to the risky bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic.

When reheating leftovers, make sure they're also heated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to the CDC data, Texas, California, Illinois, Minnesota and NY have been the states hardest hit by the salmonella outbreak in raw turkey products.

Salmonella typically causes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramping, within 12 to 72 hours of consuming the infected item. Illness usually lasts up to a week, and most can recover without treatment depending on the severity of diarrhea.

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