NEW YORK – The federal health officials on Thursday reported the first death of an ongoing outbreak of salmonella in…
NEW YORK –
The federal health officials on Thursday reported the first death of an ongoing outbreak of salmonella in connection with raw turkey.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said death was in California but did not have any immediate details. Since November of November, the agency said 164 people had been ill in 35 states, with the latest case reported on October 20.
No products have been recalled and the agency has not recommended people to avoid turkey. But it said it believes the outbreak is widespread and ongoing, and it reminded people to cook and handle turkey with thanksgiving approaches.
“We still see new diseases reported weekly,” says Colin Basler, an epidemiologist with CDC.
Basler noted there is a delay between when a person becomes ill and when the disease is reported to healthcare officers. The California Department of Public Health did not respond immediately to an email seeking additional information about death.
A single supplier has not been identified in connection with the outbreak. The rare salmonella strain was identified in live turkeys, as in ground turkeys, turkey patties and crude turkey pets.
The National Turkish Federation said in a statement that its members have reviewed their salmonella control program. The group said that programs include vaccination and remediation, such as wearing protective boots and clothes to reduce the exposure of birds to pathogens.
To limit the risk, the CDC recommends to make turkey an internal temperature of at least 1
65 degrees and wash the hands and counters that have touched uncooked meat.
Salmonella is found in a variety of foods, including packaged foods. This week, Conagra Brands recalled 2.4 million boxes of Duncan Hines Cake Blend because of a link to Salmonella.
CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million diseases a year. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps and may take up to seven days. Diseases are more likely to be difficult in the elderly and infants, according to CDC.
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