NEW YORK –
Officials at the Federal Health Service announced Thursday their first death in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to the raw turkey.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that death was in California but had no immediate details. Since last November, the organization said that 164 people have been ill in 35 states, the most recent case being reported on October 20th.
They have not recalled products and the body has not recommended to avoid turkey people. But said he believes the outbreak is widespread and continuous, and reminded people to cook properly and handle turkey on Thanksgiving is approaching.
"We still see new diseases reported on a weekly basis," said Colin Basler, an epidemiologist at the CDC.
Valer noted that there is a time lag between the length of time a person is getting sick and when the illness is reported to healthcare workers. The California Department of Public Health did not immediately respond to an e-mail requesting additional details about death.
An individual supplier has not been identified in relation to the outbreak. The rare Salmonella strain was found in live turkeys, as well as in turkeys, turkeys and raw pet foods for turkey.
The National Federation of Turkey has stated in a statement that its members have revised the Salmonella control programs. The industry team said programs include vaccination and drainage, such as wearing protective boots and clothing to reduce the exposure of birds to pathogens.
To reduce the risk, the CDC recommends that you cook a turkey at an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees and wash hands and meats that have touched uncooked meat.
Salmonella can be found in a variety of foods, including packaged foods. This week, Conagra Brands recalled 2.4 million cans of Duncan Hines cake blend due to the salmonella connection.
The CDC estimates that salmonella causes about 1.2 million diseases per year. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and can last up to seven days. Diseases are more likely to be serious in the elderly and infants, according to the CDC.
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