MA among 26 states affected by salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey

Henrietta Strickland
July 20, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that Salmonella Reading, which is believed to be linked to turkey, infected 90 people, leaving dozens hospitalized. There are now no deaths associated with this outbreak, which began last November.

The agency said it has not identified a single source for this outbreak "at this time".

Ninety people have gotten sick from raw turkey tainted with salmonella bacteria in 26 states.

Gieraltowski said the investigation into this salmonella outbreak has been complex.

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.

While the CDC termed the salmonella in this outbreak "multidrug-resistant", only 33 percent of the isolates from sick folks showed genes that would fight off the effects of antibiotics ampicillin, streptomycin, sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline, gentamicin, and kanamycin.

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.

Forty people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, which to date has not included any deaths. Two people lived in a home where pets were fed raw turkey pet food.

CDC is not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey products, or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products.

Avoid washing raw poultry before cooking, as germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and food.

Cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs.

Samples of raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys have tested positive for the outbreak strain of salmonella, which could mean the outbreak is "widespread in the turkey industry", the CDC said.

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

Prevent cross-contamination by separating raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs when you prepare and store foods. For example, all poultry, including ground chicken and turkey, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.

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