Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia — CDC

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An outbreak of salmonella connected to raw chicken products and resistant to some antibiotics has infected 92 people in 29 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The strain "present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry".

The following is released statement from the Illinois Dept. of Health.

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".

See your healthcare provider if you are concerned about symptoms, such as a high fever (temperature over 101.5˚F), blood in your poop, diarrhea, or frequent vomiting that prevents keeping liquid down. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment other than fluids, the CDC says.

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 USA alone.

Salmonella normally causes mild upset stomach, but it can be serious in the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems.

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"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".

As an investigation continues, the CDC said the source remains unclear. Additional food safety tips are available here. Leftovers should also be cooked to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check and place it in the thickest part of the food.

Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it.

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

CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets.

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