Minnesota has Highest Number of Reported Cases in Raw Turkey Salmonella Outbreak

Minnesota has Highest Number of Reported Cases in Raw Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Photo: AP/File

July 20, 2018 11:04 AM

Minnesota leads the nation in number of cases reported in a current outbreak of multi-drug resistant salmonella infections that have been linked to raw turkey products, Center for Disease Control numbers show.

An investigation notice on the CDC website said a total of 90 cases had been reported in 26 states as of July 11. Minnesota had the most reports with 13, the only state in double digits.


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The outbreak has led to 40 people being hospitalized but no deaths.

The notice said the outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys. However, a single common supplier of raw turkey products or live turkeys has not been identified.

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The CDC is advising people handling raw turkey products to follow the following steps: 

  • Washing hands
  • Cooking raw turkey thoroughly before consuming
  • Not spreading germs from raw turkey around food preparation areas
  • Not feeding raw pet food to pets.

The next closest state to Minnesota was Illinois with nine cases reported. New York and Texas each had eight.


Frank Rajkowski

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