NEW YORK – A drug-resistant salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken has sickened at least 92 people in 29 states, with multiple cases reported in New York and New Jersey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 21 people have been hospitalized in the US from the outbreak so far.
Of the 92 reported cases, 10 were in New York and nine were in New Jersey, according to the CDC's website.
People who became ill have different types and brands of chicken products. A single supplier of raw chicken products has not been identified.
The CDC says antibiotic resistance testing on the salmonella bacteria shows the outbreak strain is present in live chickens and many raw chicken products the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics.
According to the CDC, most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 1
Small children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at risk of severe pain after exposure to salmonella. In rare cases, a salmonella infection can cause death without antibiotic treatment.
To avoid getting sick, always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly. Wash your hands before and after food preparation, and therefore disinfect kitchen surfaces and equipment. Always make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked or served.