Thirty-five states, including Maryland, have reported salmonella infections in connection to turkey products, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of November 5, 164 people have been infected, with 63 people hospitalized.
“Salmonella infection usually causes classic food poisoning with fever, diarrhea and cramping. People will start to show symptoms often in anywhere from twelve to seventy-two hours after they’ve been exposed,” Dr. Diana Gaviria of the Washington County Health Department.
In general, people will show symptoms for four to seven days, and they usually will get well without treatment.
“There is a risk of invasive disease, where it actually gets into the bloodstream and makes people seriously ill, and those folks may require hospitalization and treatment with antibiotics,” said Gaviria.
The people who are most vulnerable to severe cases of salmonella are kids under five, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.
“Anyone with high fevers, anyone who sees blood in their diarrhea or who is having diarrhea lasting more than three days, or who seems to be showing signs of dehydration,” said Gaviria.
However, in terms of preventing salmonella or other forms of food poisoning, the CDC has a recommended set of steps.
“And those steps include cleaning, washing your hands, keeping surfaces clean when you’re choosing and preparing food, separating foods that may be contaminated,” said Gaviria.
While turkey products are facing a recall, Dr. Gaviria reminds us that any kind of food can be infected with salmonella.