Drug-resistant Salmonella Hits Dozens Across US

Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images Whole raw chicken

An outbreak of salmonella in 29 states is now being reported, and it has health officials concerned - it's a drug-resistant strain originating in both chicken products and live chickens.

What we do know is that this particular strain has been found in raw chicken products, including whole and ground chicken, and even pet food.

NY reported ten cases which are now confirmed. twenty-one people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now investigating the outbreak and reported 21 hospitalizations so far, though no deaths have been reported.

Because no common supplier has been found, the CDC can not steer people away from any particular source of raw chicken.

The CDC also says it's important to wash your hands with soap and water right after touching live poultry or coming into contact with anything in the places where they live and roam.

Antibiotics are the most common type of treatment, but doctors are now facing a challenge because this strain of Salmonella Infantis has been resistant to multiple antibiotics.

According to the CDC, people with salmonella will develop symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the illness, which usually lasts four to seven days. Troublingly, the chicken is not coming from one source; epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that "many types of raw chicken products" from "a variety of sources" are contaminated with salmonella, noted Fox 5 in NY.

The good news is that all chicken is safe to eat once it has been thoroughly cooked.

The investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat you're cooking.

As the disease is spreading through the consumption of infected chicken so make sure if you are bringing chicken then cook the raw chicken properly so that no germs would be able to survive and infect you.

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