Salmonella outbreak investigated nationwide, including Pennsylvania

The CDC said 90 people have been infected with the outbreak strain

- An outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products has sickened 90 people across 26 states, including 13 people in Minnesota, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC isn't advising that sellers recall turkey products or that customers avoid eating turkey, since properly cooking the meat can prevent food poisoning.

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".

The CDC said it has communicated its findings to representatives of the turkey industry and advised about how to take precautions. Also, two of the 61 ill people interviewed became sick after pets in their home ate raw ground turkey pet food. The agency is monitoring the outbreak in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Investigators have not identified a common supplier of raw turkey products or live turkeys.

A salmonella outbreak has been linked to raw turkey products nationwide, including stores throughout California.

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

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Dr. Geiraltowksi suggests you use a food thermometer and make sure you cook your turkey. until 165 degrees.

"About one out of every 20,000 eggs are presumed to be contaminated with salmonella", said the food science professor.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. "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". Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw turkey. "Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet", the report warns.

Do not feed raw pet food to pets.

CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets.

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