There have been 279 reported cases of salmonella associated with raw turkey in 41 states and the District of Columbia per year. December 21st. Of these, 107 were hospitalized and one death was reported in California.
I have reported using many types and brands of raw turkey products, and the CDC has not been able to find the starting point of the outbreak, so it continues to remind and advise consumers to take precautions when buying and eating raw turkey.
Non-typhoid salmonella is transmitted by consuming contaminated food and is a common culprit for diarrhea throughout the United States and around the world. Another risk factor is the handling of pet reptiles, such as turtles.
When raw meat is prepared, it must be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any organisms that may be present. Anyone who prepares raw meat must wash their hands thoroughly before and after.
The CDC also wants consumers to think of their pets during this outbreak and to refrain from feeding these companions any rump because of a similar disease risk.
Symptoms of salmonella disease include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Cramps in the stomach can begin as fast as 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Most people are ill for four to seven days and recover without treatment.
Diarrhea can become severe if there is an imbalance in the body's electrolytes and dehydration. The infection can also travel from the intestines to the bloodstream and cause a more widespread infection throughout the body.
Persons who may need special consideration for salmonella include children under the age of 5, adults over 65 and persons with compromised immune systems.