CDC: Dozens ill after salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

CDC: Dozens ill after salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

CDC: Dozens ill after salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked 92 cases as of October 15, 2018 to raw chicken products.

The investigation is in process and they found out that chicken and other chicken products which are coming from a variety of source are contaminated with the Salmonella infantis.

The CDC said on Thursday that it is seeing 92 cases of salmonella from raw chicken products, including everything from pet food to chicken tenders. "CDC is not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, or that retailers stop selling raw chicken products". While no deaths have occurred, 21 people have been hospitalized so far.

The patients live in California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Maine.

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The CDC said it was working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and representatives from the chicken industry to discuss steps that they might take to reduce Salmonella contamination.

Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it.

Salmonella's symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after a person comes into contact with the risky bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic. Based on the responses, there was no one single thing that led to this outbreak, though almost 90 percent of the people interviewed reported eating or preparing chicken that they purchased raw.

Officials say dozens of people across the country have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella. Germs which are present will be spreaded to the kitchen surfaces and other foods. Cook chicken to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria. The chicken came from several different brands and was purchased at several locations, and one person was infected after a pet ate raw ground chicken pet food.

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