Drug-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken in 29 states including NC

Desiree Burns
October 20, 2018

North Carolina is one of 29 states to report cases of a powerful multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella, which has now led to 21 hospitalizations.

THE CDC points to evidence that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated.

The outbreak is not linked to a particular kind of raw chicken, the CDC says, noting those sickened have said they ate many different types and brands of chicken bought in many different locations. No one supplier has been identified.

People sick with this strain have experienced stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.

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People shouldn't stop eating properly cooked chicken and retailers shouldn't stop selling raw chicken products, the CDC says.

The CDC says antibiotic resistance testing conducted on the salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people shows that the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Most people infected with salmonella, the most frequent cause of foodborne illness, get better in four to seven days without treatment.

Make sure to thoroughly cook all chicken and clean all utensils and surfaces that come in contact with raw chicken.

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