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

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked 92 cases as of October 15, 2018 to raw chicken products.

But, no specific supplier or product had been identified as the source.

The outbreak has made almost 100 people sick across 29 states, including MI, according to the CDC report.

"The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis has been identified in samples from raw chicken pet food, from raw chicken products from 58 slaughter and/or processing establishments, and from live chickens".

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

The outbreak strain is present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.

The CDC has called the rise in infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria "a global threat", saying at least 23,000 people die yearly and 2 million become infected in the US alone. Also, one person got sick after pets in their home ate raw ground chicken pet food.

You are recommended to wash your hands when handling raw chicken and to cook chicken to a 165-degree temperature.

In July, a salmonella outbreak that infected 90 people across 26 states was connected to raw turkey products.

People sick with this strain have experienced stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. The CDC continues to investigate the outbreak.

Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Any surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat should be wiped down, and use a separate cutting board.

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

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