Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Kentucky

CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Kentucky

Ninety-two people have been infected by an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella in 29 states, including MA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacteria have also been found in live chickens.

The CDC cautioned doctors that this strain resists the effects of common antibiotics, and said numerous patients also had urinary tract infections.

No deaths have been reported from the outbreak, but 21 people had to be hospitalized. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the strain and work with the chicken industry to reduce contamination.

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. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

The CDC says consumers do not need to avoid eating properly cooked chicken, and it its not advising retailers to stop selling raw chicken products.

"It's been spread out over a long period of time", he said. Germs in raw chicken can spread to other foods and kitchen surfaces.

Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.

Do not wash raw poultry before cooking.

Additionally, the CDC does not recommend raw diets for pets, as this can make animals, as well as people handling the raw food, sick.

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