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By Maggie Fox
One person has died and 164 have fallen ill due to a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
The outbreak has been going on for one year now, and 63 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the CDC said. The person who died was in California.
"The type of Salmonella Reading outbreak has been identified in a variety of raw turkey products, including turkey and turkey bread," the CDC said.
"Outbreak strains have also been found in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, indicating that it might be widespread in the turkey industry."
So far, the CDC has found the same bacteria responsible for outbreaks in 22 slaughterhouses and seven turkey processing facilities.
Cooking whole turkey will destroy salmonella and other food germs, according to the CDC.
There is also an ongoing investigation of different salmonella strains related to raw chicken products. In addition, Duncan Hines has recalled some cake mixes due to potential salmonella contamination that has made five people sick.
In 2011 the outbreak of a different salmonella strain associated with ground turkeys made 129 people sick and killed one.
"Most people infected with salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure to bacteria," the CDC said. "Diseases usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment."
Salmonella is a very common cause of food poisoning. Every year, it makes around 1.2 million people sick, puts 23,000 into hospitals and kills 450 people in the US.