Antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to chicken sickens 92

CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Kentucky

Dozens sickened in Salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

A multi-drug resistant strain of salmonella in raw chicken has made at least three people sick in MI, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.

Most people infected with salmonella get diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 3 days of exposure.

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

"Salmonella can be a terrible infection", said WRAL's Dr. Allen Mask.

According to the CDC, as of October 17, 92 people have been reported sick from 29 states, including Florida, and 21 people have been hospitalized. 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.

Salmonella bacteria live in chickens and other animals and raw chicken, as well as eggs, are common sources. Cook chicken to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

To prevent cross-contamination, thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. "Make sure if you're handling it in the kitchen, make sure you sanitize those appliances that you may use in preparation", Reardon said. "CDC is not advising that consumers avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, or that retailers stop selling raw chicken products". It is also suggested you don't feel raw diets to pets.

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