Drug-Resistant Salmonella Outbreak Infects 92 People in 29 States – New York Among Hardest Hit
A widespread Salmonella outbreak in the chicken industry has hit 29 states, including New York, infecting close to 100 people. It's linked to raw chicken but the CDC and the USDA don't know from where.
Many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated, according to the CDC. 92 people have become sick, 10 of those in New York. The only state with more is Pennsylvania at 11. There have been 21 people who have been hospitalized. This outbreak is resistant to multiple antibiotics and a common supplier has not been identified yet.
You don't have to stop eating chicken but the CDC is offering tips to prevent Salmonella infections.
- Wash your hands. Salmonella infections can spread if hands have Salmonella germs on them. Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.
- Cook raw chicken thoroughly. Chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer in the thickest part of the food.
- Don’t spread germs. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs can spread to other foods and kitchen surfaces. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw chicken. Use a separate cutting board if possible.
If you've been infected with Salmonella, symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed. It usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.