Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Dozens sickened in salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

Dozens sickened in salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

A multi-drug resistant strain of salmonella in raw chicken has made at least three people sick in MI, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

North Carolina is one of 29 states to report cases of a powerful multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella, which has now led to 21 hospitalizations.

It has been found in live chickens and raw chicken products, but a single, common supplier has not been identified. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment other than fluids, the CDC says. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the strain and work with the chicken industry to reduce contamination. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

According to the CDC, "ill people reported preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces, and whole chicken".

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

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Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Don't wash chicken before you cook it, as doing so can spread germs to other surfaces.

This outbreak is a reminder to follow food safety guidelines.

Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. Cook chicken to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

Additionally, the CDC does not recommend raw diets for pets, as this can make animals, as well as people handling the raw food, sick.

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

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