Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products, 90 sickened nationwide

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An outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products has sickened 90 people across 26 states, including 13 people in Minnesota, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials say so far 40 people have been hospitalized.

Lab evidence shows people are getting sick from raw turkey products infected with Salmonella Reading. The products came from a variety of sources and not one single brand or supplier. CDC officials say the strain may be widespread throughout the entire turkey industry.

At this time, the CDC isn't telling the public to avoid properly cooked turkey items or telling retailers to stop selling turkey products. Officials, however, want consumers to be cautious. To prevent food poisoning, be sure to wash your hands and cook raw turkey thoroughly.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Cases can be more severe for child, senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems.

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