Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

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

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

Ninety-two people in the United States have been infected in an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella after coming in contact with raw chicken products, US health officials said Wednesday. The strain has shown up in samples of pet food, chicken pieces, ground check and whole chickens.

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. Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized.

Five cases of multi-drug resistant salmonella infantis illness has reported by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. "CDC is not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, or that retailers stop selling raw chicken products".

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.

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Salmonella is very common, and usually causes mild upset stomach, but it can be serious in older people, very young children and people with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients. The CDC continues to investigate the outbreak.

Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it. Any surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat should be wiped down, and use a separate cutting board. The CDC also says that it is not a good idea to wash raw chicken before cooking it because that can spread germs in raw chicken to other areas.

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

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