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CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia

CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia”

Officials say dozens of people across the country have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella.

The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified.

So far, 21 people have been hospitalized by the chicken outbreak and no one was been reported sick by the salad.

The CDC said on Thursday that it is seeing 92 cases of salmonella from raw chicken products, including everything from pet food to chicken tenders. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Earlier this month, at least 57 people in at least 16 states reported salmonella infections after consuming some of more than 6.5 million pounds of contaminated beef produced by an Arizona company.

Officials say almost 90% of cases that have been reported have involved preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces and whole chicken.

Health experts say there are steps you can take to help avoid food poisoning from chicken: Wash your hands, cook raw chicken thoroughly to kill germs, wash your preparation areas.

Salmonella normally causes mild upset stomach, but it can be serious in the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems.

This outbreak is a reminder to follow food safety guidelines.

Cooking chicken thoroughly can destroy the bacteria. Don't wash chicken before you cook it, as doing so can spread germs to other surfaces.

CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets.

"Testing shows that the outbreak strain of salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe salmonella infection", the CDC said.

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

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