ATLANTA — An outbreak of antibiotic resistant Salmonella has infected 77 people and caused one death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although the exact source of the outbreak hasn't been confirmed, investigators believe the outbreak may be linked to ground turkey. The illnesses are spread across 26 states with the highest number of reported cases, 10, in Michigan and Ohio.
Since it often takes two to three days for a person to get sick after eating contaminated meat, the CDC said other cases might not have been reported yet.
On July 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a health alert for ground turkey, urging consumers to follow cooking instructions on packages, to make sure to bring the internal temperature of turkey to 165 degrees, to refrigerate meat after it's been out for two hours, and to keep raw meat separate from food that isn't going to be cooked.