CDC: Drug-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken in 29 states


At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella, and raw chicken products appear to be the culprit, the CDC said Wednesday.

Because no common supplier has been found, the CDC can not steer people away from any particular source of raw chicken.

Almost 100 people in 29 states have become sick from salmonella linked to raw chicken.

Investigators have identified the outbreak strain in raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. Ill people reported buying many different brands of raw chicken products from multiple stores. The CDC was investigating the source and officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service were monitoring the outbreak. Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure.

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According to the CDC, there are four quick steps that can help keep people safe from food poisoning at home when it comes to preparing food: "clean, separate, cook and chill". The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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

The best way to destroy the bacteria is to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and safely to the temperature of 165-degrees.

The CDC is advising people to wash kitchen counters and cutting boards to prevent the spread of salmonella. All utensils and surfaces that come in contact with raw chicken must also be disinfected.

More information can be found on the CDC website.