Marler said the reason that outbreaks seem to be occurring more frequently is likely a combination of better detection and an increase in cases themselves.
At this time, the CDC is not recommending people avoid eating cooked turkey or that retailers stop selling raw products.
"CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce salmonella contamination", the CDC said.
This salmonella strain also sickened some people who fed their pets raw turkey pet food.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak. Gieraltowski said the agency didn't alert the public until now partly because it couldn't identify a common source it could tell people to avoid.
The issue has not yet been linked to a specific brand or product.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food and before eating. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
- Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Turkey breasts, whole turkeys, and ground poultry, including turkey burgers, casseroles, and sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs.
Properly cook turkey to kill harmful germs. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick.
The CDC said the outbreak strain has been found in raw turkey pet food in Minnesota, raw turkey samples from 19 slaughter and 6 processing establishments, and from live turkeys in several states. "We'll continue working with our federal and private industry partners to investigate any future outbreaks, but in the meantime, people should protect themselves by using best practices when handling food, both in and out of the kitchen".
Wash your hands before and after preparing any food, especially raw meat, as well as all preparation areas, including counter tops and cutting boards.