A Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken products has ended after sickening 129 people, killing one of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, the agency said, more illnesses may be reported in the future because the antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strain was found to be widespread throughout the industry.
Widespread Salmonella Contamination
The CDC worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) to identify the source of the outbreak. They found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis in 76 samples collected from live chickens, from raw chicken pet food, and from chicken slaughter or processing facilities.
During interviews with health officials, those sickened recalled eating chicken products they had purchased raw and prepared at home before they developed symptoms. They named multiple brands and multiple stores. The names of these companies were never disclosed. None of them issued a recall.
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Chicken Salmonella Outbreak
The CDC said in its final update that along with USDA FSIS and representatives from the chicken industry they have discussed ways to reduce the presence of this antibiotic strain of Salmonella Infantis in chicken products.
Those efforts will come too late for the 129 people who were part of this outbreak. They ranged in age from less than 1 year to 105 years old. Twenty-five of them were so sick they needed to be hospitalized. One of them did not survive.
The outbreak was announced October 17, 2018, and has not updated until the investigation was closed on February 22, 2019. Patients reported onset of symptoms from January 8, 2018, to January 27, 2019. States reporting cases in this outbreak include: Alabama 1, Arkansas 2, California 1, Colorado 1, Connecticut 3, Delaware 3, Florida 2, Georgia 2, Hawaii 1, Illinois 7, Indiana 1, Kentucky 2, Louisiana 2, Maine 1, Maryland 4, Massachusetts 17, Michigan 4, Minnesota 5, Missouri 3, North Carolina 7, Nebraska 1, New Jersey 9, New York 18, Ohio 8, Pennsylvania 13, Rhode Island 2, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 1, Texas 2, Virginia 2, Washington 2 and Wisconsin 1.
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