1 person has died and 164 have been made sick in an outbreak of salmonella linked to turkey

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report after more than 160 people in 35 states contracted salmonella infections. 

According to report, 63 out of the 164 have been hospitalized, and one death was reported from California. 

Tests showed that raw turkey products "from a variety of sources" purchased from different locations were contaminated with salmonella.

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The affected areas include New York, Texas, California, Illinois, and Minnesota, and it could prove to be fatal if not treated, especially to young children and the elderly. 

This particular strain of Salmonella could be present in live turkeys and in raw turkey products. No single supplier of raw turkey products or food brand has been identified as yet.

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Extreme caution should be applied when handling a turkey, and the CDC urges residents to wash their hands regularly as the infection can spread through contact. 

Always wash hand before and after preparing food, and when you've been in contact with animals or pets. 

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Turkey should be cooked thoroughly to kill harmful germs and caution should be applied when dealing with turkey burgers and sausages too. 

The CDC warns: "Don’t spread germs from raw turkey around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods."

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Always thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator or in the sink filled with cold water but never leave it on the counter or out in the open to defrost.

Animals can also be affected by this outbreak so please refrain from feeding raw turkey to your pets. If an animal contracts the infection, it can spread to other humans. 

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Take care when dealing with leftovers as well, as the salmonella bacteria can grow in cooked food left at room temperature. 

Recently, a case of salmonella in raw dog food was also causing concern in Minnesota and children were falling ill as a result. 

Salmonella outbreaks are nothing new in Minnesota, with approximately 700 to 980 new cases reported each year in the region. 

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