1 dead, 17 sick from salmonella in Empire Kosher chicken

Patient from NY dead in multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken: CDC

Patient from NY dead in multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken: CDC

The CDC says 17 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and NY. Of those, eight have been hospitalized - including one person who died in NY.

While illnesses related to this outbreak occurred in September, the CDC only began investigating in June after the New York State Department of Health said "several" of those who have become ill "reported eating kosher chicken".

The outbreak of the food-borne infection in the leading kosher chicken seller has shown up in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to a CDC notice Wednesday afternoon.

In interviews that CDC experts conducted with the victims, those who had fallen ill reported eating chicken products prior to getting sick, according to the agency.

CDC officials said that "epidemiologic and traceback evidence" indicated that some kosher chicken products had been contaminated with salmonella.

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A culture of Salmonella bacteria is pictured in this undated stock photo.

The outbreak strain was also identified in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken.
Empire® Kosher, along with the USDA and CDC, want to remind consumers of safe handling practices for raw chicken. Raw chicken products can contain unsafe germs that will spread around food preparation areas if not properly handled.

The CDC noted on its website that they are not officially advising people to stay away from kosher chicken or Empire Kosher chicken specifically. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, fever and chills, among other symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness when exposed to salmonella, but most patients recover within 4 to 7 days without treatment.

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