The origin of the raw chicken is unclear from laboratory tests, and not a single common supplier has been identified. The strain has been shown in samples from a variety of raw chicken products including animal feed, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens. The bacteria were also found in live chickens. The Department of Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture oversees the outbreak and CDC investigations are ongoing.
This particular salmonella strain is resistant to several antibiotics, the most common form of treatment.
People with this strain have had abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea and fever 1
Most people who are infected with salmonella, the most common cause of food poisoning, fall ill in four to seven days without treatment. The symptoms can be worse for people with underlying medical conditions, children under 5 years and people over 65, as they usually have a weaker immune system.
The CDC says the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this burden by September 19659002]. The patients live in California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Maine.
Remember that poultry can spread germs, if you handle them, CDC will notice raw meat or poultry. Do not wash the chicken before cooking, as this may spread germs to other surfaces. Wipe off surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat and use a separate chopping board. Cook chicken at a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.
Some people like their cats and dogs raw chicken, but the CDC recommends feeding them. Germs in the feed can make your pets sick, and you can get sick if you handle it.
If you keep chickens as pets, it is not recommended to have fun with your poultry. Costumes may look cute on cats and dogs, but the CDC suggests you avoid putting your chickens on or cuddling with them so they will not be exposed to these bacteria.
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