Dozens ill after salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken — CDC

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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.

The victims reportedly range in age from less than one year old to 105 years old. Raw chicken pet food and live chickens were tested and they found the Salmonella strain in them.

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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.

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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.

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For more information about the outbreak and to see a full list of impacted states, visit the CDC's website.

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