CDC Reports Salmonella Outbreak in 29 States

Ebony Scott
October 21, 2018

A multi-drug resistant strain of salmonella in raw chicken has made at least three people sick in MI, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis has been identified in samples from raw chicken pet food, from raw chicken products from 58 slaughter and/or processing establishments, and from live chickens.

New York, New Jersey and MA had the highest reported number of people infected by Salmonella Infantis.

No deaths have been reported, but 21 people have been hospitalized.

Lab tests haven't been able to successfully trace the source of the tainted chicken, so the organization can not release any supplier names or product information at the moment.

The CDC also says it's important to wash your hands with soap and water right after touching live poultry or coming into contact with anything in the places where they live and roam. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is monitoring the outbreak.

Salmonella's symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after a person comes into contact with the unsafe bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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New Jersey (9 cases) and MA (9 cases) are among the worst hit of the 29 states in the outbreak of the multidrug-resistant strain, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.

Almost a hundred people have become ill from Salmonella linked to raw chicken.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat you're cooking.

Get more details about this outbreak and the investigation from the CDC at this link. Costumes may look cute on cats and dogs, but the CDC suggests that you avoid dressing your chickens up or cuddling with them to keep from being exposed to these bacteria.

Health experts do not recommend washing raw poultry or meat, as bacteria in poultry and meat juices can spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces.

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