The Centre for Disease Control and public health regulatory officials announced Thursday that they are investigating a "multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistent salmonella linked to raw turkey products". States that reported included Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The agency says they have not identified a single source for the outbreak, but they are working with their federal partners to monitor the outbreak.
The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry, according to the CDC.
Investigators found the strain in raw turkey marketed for humans as well as turkey-based pet foods and live turkeys.
Raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella and are making people sick.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
- The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
- In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
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.
Ready to eat turkey products such as deli meat or turkey hot dogs are not affected by this outbreak.
Wash cooking spaces to keep germs from spreading.
- Cook raw turkey thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165 degrees and heat leftovers to 165 degrees. "Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers", the CDC says. ". and make sure that your countertops, cutting boards, and utensils are all clean". "Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet", the report warns.