Salmonella Linked to Raw Chicken Being Investigated in Many States

CDC reported that testing shows the outbreak strain of Salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe Salmonella infection.

CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak, which as of Oct. 17 had caused 92 sick people to be reported from 29 states, including 21 people who have been hospitalized. No deaths had been reported as of Oct. 17.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella and are making people sick, according to CDC. The outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, which indicates it might be widespread in the chicken industry; on common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.

CDC reported that testing shows the outbreak strain of Salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe Salmonella infection. Information for clinicians can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/advice.html.

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