Briefly: Raw Turkey Sickens 90 people, Including in Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the salmonella outbreak has spread to 26 states and put 40 people in the hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an outbreak of salmonella that’s swept across the country.

So far, 90 people are sick in 26 states, including one person in Oregon. The outbreak is linked to raw turkey products. Federal officials have not been able to pinpoint any particular brand or product. They said the salmonella was found in ground turkey and turkey patties along with raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, indicating the problem might be widespread in the turkey industry

The CDC started tracking the outbreak last November, when the first cases were reported and has collected data on patients through the end of last month. The case count is likely to increase.

People infected with salmonella usually get sick 12 to 72 hours after consumption. Common symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

Salmonella is common in poultry products. To prevent infection:

  • Do not wash poultry products in the sink because bacteria can spread.
  • Always wash your hands and surfaces thoroughly after handling poultry.
  • Cook turkey and other poultry products to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bugs.