Sixty-three other cases of Salmonella outbreak related to raw turkey products have been reported since December 21, 2018, bringing to 279 the total number of cases reported in an update from the US Center for Disease Control. control and prevention of diseases.
Cases have been reported in 41 states and in the District of Columbia and 107 people have been hospitalized. A death had already been reported in California.
The epidemic strain of salmonella has been identified in various raw turkey products, including turkey and ground turkey cakes, as well as in raw pet foods and live turkeys, indicating that it could be prevalent in the United States. Turkey industry, said the CDC.
Only one common supplier of raw turkey products or live turkeys has not been identified, which could explain the full extent of the outbreak. The epidemic strain may be present in many establishments and suppliers, which means that many brands and types of foods containing raw turkey may be affected.
Sick people infected with the same strain of salmonella have been reported in Canada, according to health officials.
The investigation is ongoing and further information will be provided as soon as it will be available, said the CDC.
He said that he did not advise consumers to avoid eating well-cooked turkey products, nor did retailers stop selling raw turkey products.
The CDC said that consumers should always handle the raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. The agency does not recommend feeding domestic animals with raw turkey.
People get sick from salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC said.