CDC: Drug-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken in 29 states

Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images Whole raw chicken

Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images Whole raw chicken

New Jersey (9 cases) and MA (9 cases) are among the worst hit of the 29 states in the outbreak of the multidrug-resistant strain, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said. The CDC says laboratory evidence shows raw chicken products from a variety of sources were contaminated with SalmonellaInfantis. It usually lasts four to seven days without treatment but can occasionally lead to hospitalization or death.

The CDC says 21 people have been hospitalized. The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.

Officials have not advised stores stop selling raw chicken products or people avoid properly cooked chicken.

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak, and the CDC's investigation is ongoing. Those who have gotten sick all reported eating different types and brands of chicken from different locations, the CDC said.

General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good handwashing and cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F.

People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. The CDC does recommend pet owners not feed raw chicken to their animals.

Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can be more severe.

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