CDC investigating Salmonella linked to raw turkey products

(WRIC) -- With nationwide recalls and reports of hundreds being infected, almost a dozen in Virginia, the Salmonella outbreak has certainly made an impact on food suppliers and the public.  

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella connected to raw turkey products.

The CDC is currently working alongside public health and regulatory officials in its investigation into the outbreak.

According to a release from the CDC, 74 people from 26 states were added to the investigation since July. The agency says that as of Nov. 5, a total of 164 people from 35 states have been infected with Salmonella.  

A total of eight people have been infected in Virginia. 

In the release, the CDC states that through Epidemiologic and lab evidence, the agency was able to determine the raw turkey products that are making people feel ill are contaminated with Salmonella Reading. 

The research showed that the contaminated raw turkey came from "a variety of sources," according to the CDC. 

The CDC says its ongoing investigation into the salmonella outbreak has not identified a “single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys.”   

Three people living in households where raw turkey pet food was given to animals reported feeling ill, the CDC says.  

The CDC says the agency has given the information to representatives from the turkey industry and is working with them to reduce Salmonella contamination. Requests for stores to stop selling raw turkey products or for people to stop eating properly cooked turkey have not been made, according to the CDC's release. 

The CDC plans to provide more information about the outbreak once it becomes available. 

The CDC's advice to consumers:

-Make sure to cook the turkey thoroughly to prevent food poisoning (an internal temperature of 165 F)

-People should always handle raw turkey with care, thaw turkeys in the fridge, not on a counter.

-You can prevent infections with proper hand washing. 

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