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Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens nearly 100 in U.S.

Drug resistant salmonella from chicken sickens people in multiple states
Posted at 3:55 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 12:00:35-04

(WTXL) - The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken products. 

According to the CDC, as of Oct. 17, 92 people have been reported sick from 29 states, including Florida, and 21 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.  

The CDC said the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.

The CDC stated the outbreak strain of salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, including pet food, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens, 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 CDC said testing shows that the outbreak strain of salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe a salmonella infection. 

According to the CDC, 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 investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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