Salmonella in raw chicken makes 92 people sick, CDC says

Raw chicken causing Salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania and 28 states

Raw chicken causing Salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania and 28 states

Almost 100 people in 29 states have become sick from salmonella linked to raw chicken. This particular strain of salmonella has been found in both live chickens and raw chicken products, which the CDC says could mean it is "widespread in the chicken industry". Ill people reported buying many different brands of raw chicken products from multiple stores.

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.

Officials say almost 90% of cases that have been reported have involved preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces and whole chicken.

"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. "This outbreak is a reminder to always handle raw chicken carefully and to cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F to prevent food poisoning".

Those infected by salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food, and the illness usually lasts four to seven days, according to the health department. The CDC continues to investigate the outbreak.

The good news is that all chicken is safe to eat once it has been thoroughly cooked.

To prevent cross-contamination, thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. Germs in raw chicken can spread to other foods and kitchen surfaces.

Get more details about this outbreak and the investigation from the CDC at this link.

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