Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella sickens people in 29 states, including MA

Antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella sickens people in 29 states, including MA

- At least 92 people in 29 states, including North Carolina, have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Illnesses were reported between January 19, 2018, and September 9, 2018, although no deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. This particular strain of salmonella has been found in both live chickens and raw chicken products, which the CDC says could mean it is "widespread in the chicken industry".

No deaths have been reported.

Meanwhile, the CDC is not advising people to avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, nor telling retailers to stop selling raw chicken. A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.

This particular strain of Salmonellahas demonstrated resistance to multiple antibiotics, meaning treatment may be more hard for severe cases.

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Keep in mind that poultry can spread germs any time you handle it, the CDC notes, so always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry.

Most people infected with Salmonella recover without treatment, though in rare cases, antibiotics are needed for treatment.

The CDC said testing shows that the outbreak strain of salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe a salmonella infection. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats.

Get more details about this outbreak and the investigation from the CDC at this link.

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