Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

CDC: Outbreak of salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products

9 November, 2018

As of November 5, 2018, 164 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 35 states. 63 people have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported from California. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick. In interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations. Three ill people lived in households where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets. The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys. A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified. The outbreak strain was also found in samples from raw turkey products from 22 slaughter and 7 processing facilities.
The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry. 
Whole genome sequencing showed 68 isolates from ill people and 84 isolates from food, animal, and environmental samples contained genes for resistance to all or some of the following antibiotics: ampicillin, streptomycin, sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline, kanamycin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, and fosfomycin.