Drug-Resistant Salmonella From Raw Chicken Sickens Nearly 100

Florence Lopez
October 21, 2018

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that an antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak began spreading from chicken and has since infected 92 people across 29 states. At least 21 people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported thus far from the outbreak.

Lab evidence found that many types of raw chicken products - including raw chicken pet food and live chickens - resulted in people becoming sick, officials said.

Confirmed cases in IL occurred between April and August of this year in locations across the state, Ciavarella said.

Though the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) have yet to pinpoint exactly how the outbreak started, the agencies have also discovered that the infection doesn't respond to several different antibiotics.

Most people affected by Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated by the bacteria.

The CDC urges people to handle raw chicken carefully, cook it thoroughly and to wash hands after handling meat.

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Most people infected with salmonella, the most frequent cause of foodborne illness, get better in four to seven days without treatment.

The strain has been identified in a variety of raw chicken products and in live chickens.

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.

Use separate cutting boards for meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables.

Don't wash chicken before cooking so you can minimize the spread of germs to other surfaces. "General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good handwashing and cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F".

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