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Drug-Resistant Salmonella From Raw Chicken in 29 States

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Drug-resistant salmonella in raw chicken has sickened 92 people in 29 states, officials say. (Julia161/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:09 AM

An outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella has left 92 people sick across 29 states after they came into contact with raw chicken products believed to be from various contaminated sources, officials announced Wednesday.

No deaths have been reported, however, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the illness has led to 21 hospitalizations.

Of the 29 states, the worst hit are Pennsylvania, which has seen 11 cases; New York, which has seen 10 cases; as well as New Jersey and Massachusetts, which have each seen nine cases, according to a detailed map by the CDC.

The illnesses first began in January, and tests showed that the strain of salmonella was found in live chickens as well as various types of raw chicken products and brands from multiple stores.

No single, common supplier has been identified, and the CDC said the outbreak could be "widespread in the chicken industry."

The CDC further noted that the strain of salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Most people who get sick from salmonella recover within a week, however, it can be fatal, especially among young children, the frail and elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain but in certain circumstances, the infection can lead to more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

About 1.2 million people are infected with salmonella in the U.S. each year and about 1 million of those cases stem from food, Newsweek reported.

Earlier this month a U.S. unit of Brazil's JBS SA recalled 6.5 million pounds of beef products processed through an Arizona plant over concerns that the meat may have been contaminated with salmonella.

U.S. investigators had identified at least 57 people in 16 states who fell ill due to consuming contaminated ground beef products made from meat traced back to JBS.

Last month Gravel Ridge Farms in Alabama recalled a batch of eggs over salmonella concerns following a multistate outbreak that had infected 14 people and left two hospitalized.

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Raw chicken products contaminated with drug-resistant salmonella are thought to be behind an outbreak that has left 92 people sick across 29 states, officials announced Wednesday.
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