Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia — CDC

Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia — CDC

Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia — CDC

An outbreak of multi drug-resistant Salmonella believed to be caused by raw chicken products has swept through 29 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Officials say almost 90% of cases that have been reported have involved preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces and whole chicken.

New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have had the most reported cases of salmonella, according to a chart released by the CDC. At least 21 people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported thus far from the outbreak.

Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.

The CDC has not identified a common source of contaminated chicken.

In September, the CDC said that a multistate outbreak linked to eggs from an Alabama farm was even larger than expected, with 135 people infected across 36 states. The people who became sick reported buying different types of brands and types of chicken products. The US Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) also collected samples from facilities that process raw chicken.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

A salmonella outbreak likely related to raw chicken has spread across the country, sickening at least five people in IL since the spring, officials announced Wednesday.

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.

Cooking chicken thoroughly can destroy the bacteria. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats. This result provides more evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from handling or eating raw or undercooked chicken.

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