Salmonella outbreak in turkey ‘might be widespread’ in Canada and the U.S., officials warn

Salmonella outbreak in turkey ‘might be widespread’ in Canada and the U.S., officials warn

Health officials in Canada and the U.S. are looking into an ongoing and potentially wide-ranging outbreak of salmonella affecting raw turkey and chick

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Health officials in Canada and the U.S. are looking into an ongoing and potentially wide-ranging outbreak of salmonella affecting raw turkey and chicken products.The bacteria can infect individuals who handle raw meat or eat undercooked turkey or chicken.READ MORE: Salmonella likely linked to long English cucumbers cause more illnesses in western Canada
Story continues belowThe Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says one person has died and another 21 have been infected by one strain of salmonella bacteria since April 2017. Nine of the cases occurred in October, around Canadian Thanksgiving.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the salmonella in Canada has the “same DNA fingerprint” as a strain that has affected at least 216 individuals in 38 U.S. states. One American has died so far.The CDC says the salmonella bacteria is resistant to multiple antibiotics, although not ones normally used to treat the infection.“The resistance likely will not affect the choice of antibiotic used to treat most people,” a CDC spokesperson told Global News.WATCH BELOW: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreading across the U.S.

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