Outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella sickens almost 100 in 29 states

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

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

Ninety-two people from 29 states have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Testing has shown that the strain of bacteria that has made people sick has been resistant to multiple antibiotics.

It has been found in live chickens and raw chicken products, but a single, common supplier has not been identified. The illnesses began in January, and the most recent case was confirmed in September. "You can see vomiting, fever, lots of diarrhea and so forth".

The CDC says 2 to 3 people have been affected by this in Virginia.

As an investigation continues, the CDC said the source remains unclear.

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"It's been spread out over a long period of time", he said.

Although this particular strain is resistant to multiple common antibiotics, the CDC advises that Salmonella Infantis seems to still respond to azithromycin, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid and meropenem. Wipe down surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat, and use a separate cutting board.

"This is just more of a reason why people need to be following food safety guidelines right now, especially when handling chicken", Ciavarella said, which means washing hands, cooking raw chicken thoroughly and cleaning food preparation areas.

Those who have fallen ill reported eating different types and brands of chicken products purchased from many different locations, according to researchers.

CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets. Costumes may look cute on cats and dogs, but the CDC suggests that you avoid dressing your chickens up or cuddling with them to keep from being exposed to these bacteria.

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