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CDC: Salmonella from turkey products making people sick in 35 states

November 09, 2018 - 12:32 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Just in time for Thanksgiving, the CDC says a Salmonella outbreak tied to turkey products is making people sick.

The CDC says 164 people have fallen in ill in 35 states -- 12 have been in New York.

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So far a person in California has been killed, and 63 people have been sent to the hospital.

“The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in various raw turkey products, including ground turkey and turkey patties,” a CDC release said. “The outbreak strain has also been found in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry.”

The CDC report did not identify a source for the infected met, but offered advice to consumers.

The agency said raw turkey should be handled carefully and cooked thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. They also said that good hand washing is important, and to thaw turkey in the refrigerator, not the counter.

Most people affected by Salmonella get sick within 72 hours of eating and will experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.