Federal and state health officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of October 17, 2018, 92 sick people have been reported from 29 states, including 21 people who have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella and are making people sick.
The outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.
A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak.
Testing shows that the outbreak strain of Salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe Salmonella infection.
CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the chicken industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination.
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