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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Turkey Blamed for One Death

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert saying contaminated ground turkey is the cause of an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning responsible for killing one person, reported MSNBC News.

Since March, at least 76 people in 26 states have become sick after eating ground turkey, which the Department says is linked to a genetic fingerprint of salmonella detected in fresh or frozen ground turkey consumed across the nation.

Health officials confirmed their findings from roughly 58 people who became ill. Their ages range from less than a year to age 88.

At least 22 individuals have been hospitalized, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cultures of four ground turkey samples purchased from retail locations between March 7 and June 27 revealed the outbreak strain of salmonella Heidelberg, reported MSNBC News.

Health officials are concerned because the strain appears to be resistant to many common antibiotics, which could complicate treatment and increase the risk of hospitalization and serious illness.

According to officials, reports of infections began on or after March 9 and have continued through August 1.

The Department advised that consumers thoroughly cook fresh or frozen ground turkey.

The symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours post infection.

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