Ground turkey linked to salmonella outbreak

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert amid concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg that may be associated with consumption of ground turkey. The F.S.I.S. issued the alert July 29 after continuous medical reports, ongoing investigations and testing conducted by various departments of health across the nation determined there is an association between consumption of ground turkey products and an estimated 77 illnesses reported in 26 states between March 1 and Aug. 1.

In California, one fatality was reported from Sacramento county, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The illnesses were linked through an epidemiologic investigation and PFGE analyses by state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C).

According to the C.D.C., 25 of the 51 ill individuals for which there was available information reported consuming ground turkey.

The C.D.C. and state health departments are monitoring the outbreak while an F.S.I.S. investigation seeks to identify the contamination source or sources.

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