Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken

CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Kentucky

A Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken caused illnesses in 11 people in Pennsylvania, the highest of the 29 states affected by the outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

People who got sick reported eating different brands of chicken products purchased from many different locations, leading the CDC to say that the outbreak "might be widespread in the chicken industry" in a statement.

The CDC said on Wednesday that 21 people had been hospitalized but no deaths had yet been reported.

The CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture have shared the information with chicken industry officials.

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.

"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.

The CDC is urging consumers to cook chicken thoroughly and to wash your hands before and after you handle food.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

This outbreak is a reminder to follow food safety guidelines. Cook chicken to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

Tests also showed the specific strain of salmonella that made them sick is resistant to multiple antibiotics, the agency said. Any surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat should be wiped down, and use a separate cutting board. It is also suggested you don't feel raw diets to pets.

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