Dec. 22 (UPI) -- As many Americans plan for Christmas dinner, the number of people sickened from raw turkey in a nationwide salmonella outbreak has risen to 216.
Scientific evidence shows raw turkey products from various sources are contaminated, causing people to get sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement on the investigation. The strain has been identified in live turkeys, raw turkey products and raw turkey pet food.
As of Tuesday, 216 people have become ill from the outbreak in 38 states and the District of Columbia, the statement said. The illness has led to 84 hospitalizations and one person has died in California.
The salmonella outbreak has grown by 52 new infection cases since the CDC's last update on the outbreak in November.
The CDC advises people handling raw turkey to cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.
"This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick," the CDC said.
Last month, Jennie-O Turkey Sales company recalled raw ground turkey from its Barron, Wisconsin, facility over salmonella concerns.
The Jennie-O recall has affected approximately 147,276 pounds of raw ground turkey products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service's latest update.