Antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella sickens people in 29 states, including Massachusetts

Antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella sickens people in 29 states, including Massachusetts

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken products.

The CDC has not pinpointed the common supplier at this time.

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.

The CDC said on Thursday that it is seeing 92 cases of salmonella from raw chicken products, including everything from pet food to chicken tenders.

The CDC fears the outbreak could be widespread in the chicken industry because the strain is present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products.

At least 20 people have been hospitalized across the country.

The agency is not yet advising consumers to stop eating chicken but urges anyone who does to make sure it is properly cooked.

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- There is an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella in 29 states including NY and New Jersey.

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 elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Don't spread germs from raw chicken around food preparation: Don't wash raw poultry before cooking; germs can splash around your kitchen. The CDC does recommend pet owners not feed raw chicken to their animals.

This outbreak is a reminder to follow food safety guidelines.

To prevent cross-contamination, thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken.

More information can be found on the CDC website.

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