The CDC is reporting an 82% increase in Salmonella infections in a nationwide outbreak traced back to raw turkey.
In its update on the outbreak, first announced in the middle of July, the CDC said the illness total is now 164 in 35 states.
Seventeen of those cases happened in the tri-state area with eight people sickened in New Jersey, another eight sickened in Pennsylvania, and one person sickened in Delaware.
The outbreak started in November 2017. The raw turkey samples collected from ill people's homes are still being investigated to determine the source of the turkey. Three patients are from households in which raw turkey pet food was given to pets.
The offending bacteria, Salmonella Reading, has been traced back to various products sold across the USA in the past year, 'indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry, ' the CDC said.
A single common supplier, however, has not been identified.
The CDC and USDA say they have demanded answers from the turkey industry what is being done to reduce Salmonella contamination.
The CDC said that if you plan to handle raw turkey, make sure you are extra careful: Wash your hands after touching it. Cook products thoroughly to avoid getting sick.
Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) has found that those samples are closely related to the strain from sick people.
Standard antibiotic susceptibility testing on five isolates confirmed the results.
The outbreak has been going on for a year, and more than 60 people have been hospitalized.