CDC reports one is dead after salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey

Deadly salmonella outbreak related to raw turkey grows

Deadly salmonella outbreak related to raw turkey grows

So far, one person has died.

But since July, 74 more people have been infected in nine more states, the CDC says, bringing the total number of infected over the course of the a year ago to 164 in 35 states.

The salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey has gotten worse.

As millions of Americans whet their collective appetite for Thanksgiving turkey, the CDC says investigators still don't know where the deadly salmonella outbreak they began tracking three days before last Thanksgiving started.

The infections have been caused by a rare strain of the salmonella bacteria which has been found in live turkeys, ground turkey, turkey patties, and raw turkey pet food.

Minnesota - with 17 cases - and IL - with 16 - have been the two hardest-hit states.

At this time, the CDC hasn't been able to identify a supplier that's connected to the outbreak, but they're asking people not to panic.

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"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.

Always handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.

Firstly, invest in a thermometer, and make sure your turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165F before eating it. After a turkey is handled, the CDC says to wash hands, counters and utensils with warm, soapy water.

Salmonella's symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after a person gets exposed to the unsafe bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic.

You should also keep raw turkey away from other foods while cooking.

Health officials are not advising people to skip the Thanksgiving turkey, just be careful when preparing the raw meat. Illness usually lasts up to a week, and most can recover without treatment depending on the severity of diarrhea.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick. Patients said they were eating different types and different brands of turkey products from many different locations.

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