Dozens sickened in salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2018

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. Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized. So far, no deaths have been reported.

The source of the outbreak remains unclear, as a multitude of products which tested positive for the bacteria - including whole chickens, ground chicken and even pet food - did not share a common supplier.

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. "General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good handwashing and cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F".

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

Salmonella-contaminated food can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 hours to 72 hours and the illness usually lasts four to seven days. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats.

Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can be more severe.

Although this particular strain is resistant to multiple common antibiotics, the CDC advises that Salmonella Infantis seems to still respond to azithromycin, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid and meropenem.

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

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