Five Salmonella Cases In Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Health Department says that makes five cases total with salmonella issue in the Keystone state. The others are from Allegheny County. The victims are three men and two women, range in age from two to 43.

More than 76 people in 26 states have been sickened, and one person from California died. The states with the highest number sickened were Michigan and Ohio, 10 illnesses each, while nine illnesses were reported in Texas. Illinois had seven. None have been reported so far in New Jersey or Delaware.

The federal officials say turkey from Cargill’s plant in Arkansas is to blame for the salmonella. Cargill  is recalling 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey.

The CDC estimates that 50 million Americans each year get sick from food poisoning, including about 3,000 who die. Salmonella causes most of these cases.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning – diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps – usually develop 12 to 72 hours after infection.

Government officials say that even contaminated ground turkey is safe to eat if it is cooked to 165 degrees, and people wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling the meat.

Also CDC says:

“Wash kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry including frozen, fresh ground turkey. Then, disinfect the food contact surfaces using a freshly prepared solution of 1 tablespoon unscented liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water.”

“If served undercooked poultry in a restaurant, send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.”

“Cross-contamination of foods should be avoided. Uncooked meats should be kept separate from produce, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods.”

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