Salmonella Outbreak: CDC Says It’s Drug-Resistant

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

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a salmonella outbreak has reached 29 states including Virginia and North Carolina, and the strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

According to the CDC, as of October 17, 92 people have been reported sick from 29 states, including Florida, and 21 people have been hospitalized.

As of now, a single supplier of raw chicken products has not been identified, officials said.

Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can be more severe. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the strain and work with the chicken industry to reduce contamination. Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized.

- There is an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella in 29 states including Texas.

Many types of raw chicken from a variety of places are making people sick, the agency reported.

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Finally, to prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently, especially before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

Salmonella is very common, and usually causes mild upset stomach, but it can be serious in older people, very young children and people with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients.

As an investigation continues, the CDC said the source remains unclear.

Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Additional food safety tips are available here.

The best way to destroy the bacteria is to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and safely to the temperature of 165-degrees. It is also suggested you don't feel raw diets to pets.

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