Salmonella Outbreak: CDC Says It’s Drug-Resistant

Henrietta Brewer
October 19, 2018

Almost 100 people in 29 states have become sick from antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

New Jersey (9 cases) and MA (9 cases) are among the worst hit of the 29 states in the outbreak of the multidrug-resistant strain, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.

Investigators have identified the outbreak strain in raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.

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

"IDPH is working with our partners to investigate this multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw chicken products", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

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

People typically get sick 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated foods, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

The CDC cautioned doctors that this strain resists the effects of common antibiotics, and said numerous patients also had urinary tract infections.

Health officials say the outbreak should serve as a reminder to always cook raw chicken carefully and thoroughly, as it may contain germs can that spread around food prep areas and make people sick. All utensils and surfaces that come in contact with raw chicken must also be disinfected.

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

More information can be found on the CDC website.

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