Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

Update: Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products

15 February, 2019

CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products.
Since the last update on December 21, 2018, 63 ill people from 24 states, and the District of Columbia, have been added to this investigation. As of February 13, 2019, 279 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 41 states and the District of Columbia. 107 people have been hospitalized. 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. Four 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. Several turkey products have been recalled because they might have been contaminated with Salmonella. A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak. The Public Health Agency of Canada External has identified ill people in Canada infected with Salmonella Reading bacteria with the same DNA fingerprint. 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.