Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken in 29 states

Grant Boone
October 19, 2018

But, no specific supplier or product had been identified as the source.

A total of 92 people have been affected nationwide, resulting in 21 hospitalizations and no deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.

The CDC said it was working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and representatives from the chicken industry to discuss steps that they might take to reduce Salmonella contamination.

Earlier this month, at least 57 people in at least 16 states reported salmonella infections after consuming some of more than 6.5 million pounds of contaminated beef produced by an Arizona company.

People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.

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"The strain of Salmonella infantis in this outbreak is not susceptible to ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, or other antibiotics including ampicillin, chloramphenicol, fosfomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and tetracycline", the CDC said. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. The CDC continues to investigate the outbreak.

Health officials say the outbreak should serve as a reminder to always cook raw chicken carefully and thoroughly, as it may contain germs can that spread around food prep areas and make people sick. Additional food safety tips are available here. Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. Germs in raw chicken can spread to other foods and kitchen surfaces.

Some people may like to feed their cats and dogs raw chicken, but the CDC recommends against it.

The investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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