Federal health officials reported Friday on an update on the multistate Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products and it shows an additional 52 ill people from 26 states and the District of Columbia have been added to this investigation since early November.

This brings the total outbreak cases to 216 from 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Eighty-four people required hospitalization for their illness and one individual from California died.

The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys.

  • On November 15, 2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales in Barron, Wisconsin recalled approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products.
  • On December 21, 2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Faribault, Minnesota recalled approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products.
  • A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak.

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With the exception of the recalled Jennie-O brand ground turkey products, CDC is NOT advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked turkey products, or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified ill people infected with the same DNA fingerprint of Salmonella Reading bacteria in Canada.

People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.

Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.