Monday, 19 November, 2018

Antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to chicken sickens 92

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Melissa Porter | 19 October, 2018, 08:25

The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified.

New Jersey (9 cases) and MA (9 cases) are among the worst hit of the 29 states in the outbreak of the multidrug-resistant strain, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.

"The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis has been identified in samples from raw chicken pet food, from raw chicken products from 58 slaughter and/or processing establishments, and from live chickens".

The CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture have shared the information with chicken industry officials. Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized.

The strain of the outbreak is seen in live chickens and many types of raw chicken products. "CDC is not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, or that retailers stop selling raw chicken products".

In July, a salmonella outbreak that infected 90 people across 26 states was connected to raw turkey products.

Salmonella normally causes mild upset stomach, but it can be serious in the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems. Don't wash chicken before you cook it, as doing so can spread germs to other surfaces.

The CDC said testing shows that the outbreak strain of salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe a salmonella infection. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats if possible. Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

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