US Salmonella Outbreak: 40 People Hospitalized in 26 States

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Ground turkey is being recalled across the USA after dozens of people have reported Salmonella illness.

In interviews with health officials, people who have gotten sick reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from several locations, the CDC noted in its announcement. Two people sickened in the outbreak are from a household where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella caused by raw turkey products from a variety of sources.

In addition to MA, the CDC says illnesses have been reported in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. There are now no deaths associated with this outbreak, which began last November. Of 78 people with information available, 40 (51%) have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

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"In Hawai'i, we love to eat and enjoy gatherings with potlucks and raw foods, which make us especially susceptible to foodborne illnesses", said Peter Oshiro, environmental health program manager for food safety.

Bill Marler, a food safety attorney, said that the current outbreak points to "a salmonella contamination at a farm level that has moved into multiple streams of products".

The strain "might be widespread in the turkey industry". This can spread germs around your kitchen and sink. Hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils should all be cleaned with warm, soapy water after coming into contact with raw turkey.

People should handle raw turkey with care and always cook in thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible. They're also telling dog owners to avoid raw food diets.

Salmonella hits around 1.2 million Americans each year with diarrhea, stomachaches and fever within three days of eating contaminated food.

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