Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Salmonella outbreak reported in 29 states

Salmonella outbreak reported in 29 states

Ninety-two people in the United States have been infected in an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella after coming in contact with raw chicken products, US health officials said Wednesday.

The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.

New York, New Jersey and MA had the highest reported number of people infected by Salmonella Infantis. There have been 21 reported hospitalizations, and zero deaths from the chicken, and the salmonella strain has been resistant to multiple antibiotics. The CDC continues to investigate the outbreak. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with salmonella and are making people sick.

Symptoms of an infection could be diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps up to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

While most people recover without treatment, some patients do need to be hospitalized if they are experiencing severe diarrhea, officials said.

In July, a salmonella outbreak that infected 90 people across 26 states was connected to raw turkey products. All utensils and surfaces that come in contact with raw chicken must also be disinfected. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats. All the products such as chicken breasts, whole chicken, chicken burger should be cooked in the temperature of 165F so that bacteria will be killed throroughly.

One individual reported that they fell ill after pets living in their home ate raw food containing ground chicken.

For more information about the outbreak and to see a full list of impacted states, visit the CDC's website.

As the disease is spreading through the consumption of infected chicken so make sure if you are bringing chicken then cook the raw chicken properly so that no germs would be able to survive and infect you.

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