Dozens ill after salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken — CDC

Desiree Burns
October 18, 2018

Ninety-two people have been infected by an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella in 29 states, including MA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of all those stricken, 21 had to be hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. (See a map of reported cases here). The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.

Because no common supplier has been found, the CDC can not steer people away from any particular source of raw chicken. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the strain and work with the chicken industry to reduce contamination.

Meanwhile, the CDC is not advising people to avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, nor telling retailers to stop selling raw chicken.

Do not wash raw poultry before cooking.

A salmonella outbreak likely related to raw chicken has spread across the country, sickening at least five people in IL since the spring, officials announced Wednesday.

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CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets.

Symptoms, which typically begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps and can last four to seven days.

The CDC said the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.

The investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available. Additional food safety tips are available here.

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