Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
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Raw chicken causing Salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania and 28 states

Raw chicken causing Salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania and 28 states

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.

The chicken is not coming from one source that they have been able to identify.

The Centers for Disease Control has linked 92 cases so far to raw chicken products. The illness has been linked to a variety of raw chicken products, "indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry", the CDC said. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. 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.

At least 20 people have been hospitalized across the country.

"The strain of Salmonella infantis in this outbreak is not susceptible to ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, or other antibiotics including ampicillin, chloramphenicol, fosfomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and tetracycline", the CDC said.

People typically get sick 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated foods, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Don't wash chicken before you cook it, as doing so can spread germs to other surfaces.

The good news is that all chicken is safe to eat once it has been thoroughly cooked. The CDC does recommend pet owners not feed raw chicken to their animals.

The agency said antibiotic-resistance testing on the salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people showed the outbreak strain was resistant to multiple antibiotics.

The investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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