(CBS) Ground turkey meat is being blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened scores of people in 27 states and resulted in one death. But eating meat contaminated with salmonella germs isn't the only way to catch the potentially deadly illness, which is formally known as salmonellosis.
The latest cases are just the tip of an iceberg. Each year in the U.S., there are approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis, according to the CDC. And the actual number of cases may be much higher, as many mild cases of the illness undiagnosed.
Salmonellosis typically causes fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Most people recover completely, though it may be several months before their bowel habits return to normal. The illness can be life-threatening for people with weakened immune systems.