1 dead, more than 100 sick from Salmonella in turkey

Not just whole turkeys but ground meat and turkey parts have also been linked to salmonella

Not just whole turkeys but ground meat and turkey parts have also been linked to salmonella

Food handling errors and inadequate cooking are the most common issues that lead to poultry-related foodborne disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says the rare salmonella strain was identified in live turkeys, as well as in ground turkey, turkey patties and raw turkey pet food.

In its update on the outbreak, first announced in the middle of July, the CDC said the illness total is now 164 in 35 states.

One person in California has died and 63 have been hospitalized in the outbreak.

Minnesota - with 17 cases - and IL - with 16 - have been the two hardest-hit states. Six cases were reported in Wisconsin.

"We are still seeing new illnesses being reported on a weekly basis", Colin Basler, an epidemiologist with the CDC, said, according to The Associated Press. Three patients are from households in which raw turkey pet food was given to pets. After a turkey is handled, the CDC says to wash hands, counters and utensils with warm, soapy water.

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.

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The heat kills the unsafe bacteria.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps, and they usually last four to seven days. Most of the infections in this outbreak are susceptible to the antibiotics that are commonly used for treatment, so this resistance likely will not affect the choice of antibiotic used to treat most people. Just keep in mind to change the water every 30 minutes. Leftovers should also be reheated to a temperature of 165°F.

"In interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations".

Health officials are not advising people to skip the Thanksgiving turkey, just be careful when preparing the raw meat.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick.

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