Do not wash the raw poultry as the chances of spreading the bacteria will be increased.
Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.More news: Cleveland Browns Trade Carlos Hyde
Lab tests haven't been able to successfully trace the source of the tainted chicken, so the organization can not release any supplier names or product information at the moment.
The CDC also recommends washing hands frequently and to avoid feeding pets raw food.
In recent months, salmonella outbreaks have been reported connected to eggs, Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, and most recently led to the recall of 6.5 million pounds of ground beef. Use a food thermometer to check and place it in the thickest part of the food. The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak, and the CDC's investigation is ongoing. The outbreak strain, Salmonella Infantis, was detected in products from 58 facilities. The strain "present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry". Based on the responses, there was no one single thing that led to this outbreak, though almost 90 percent of the people interviewed reported eating or preparing chicken that they purchased raw.More news: NOAA: Winter may be warmer than average
Salmonella infection, in rare cases, can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics, notes the CDC.
As a result, clinicians in the area should be aware that infections may be hard-to-treat due to resistance, and, as such, may require alternate antibiotics.
The CDC says chickens are carriers of bacteria, including salmonella.More news: Jose Mourinho won't 'celebrate like crazy' if Man United win at Chelsea
For more information about the outbreak and to see a full list of impacted states, visit the CDC's website.