At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella, and raw chicken products appear to be the culprit, the CDC said Wednesday. No deaths have been reported.
The CDC says this particular strain is resistant to several of the antibiotics normally used to treat the infection. The strain has shown up in samples of pet food, chicken pieces, ground check and whole chickens.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms can be worse for people with underlying medical conditions, children under 5 and people older than 65, as they typically have weaker immune systems. "The gastroenteritis of the stomach, flu-like symptoms, you can get from salmonella, it can be disgusting". Other cases were in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
As an investigation continues, the CDC said the source remains unclear. Wipe down surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat, and use a separate cutting board.
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Do not wash raw poultry before cooking.
Health officials say the outbreak should serve as a reminder to always cook raw chicken carefully and thoroughly, as it may contain germs can that spread around food prep areas and make people sick.
If you keep chickens as pets, getting too friendly with your fowl is also not recommended.