CDC: Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Virginia

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An outbreak of salmonella in 29 states is now being reported, and it has health officials concerned - it's a drug-resistant strain originating in both chicken products and live chickens. Of the infected people, 21 were hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.

The CDC said on Thursday that it is seeing 92 cases of salmonella from raw chicken products, including everything from pet food to chicken tenders.

Confirmed cases in IL occurred between April and August of this year in locations across the state, Ciavarella said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak.

People sick with this strain have experienced stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Troublingly, the chicken is not coming from one source; epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that "many types of raw chicken products" from "a variety of sources" are contaminated with salmonella, noted Fox 5 in NY.

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A salmonella outbreak likely related to raw chicken has spread across the country, sickening at least five people in IL since the spring, officials announced Wednesday.

Most salmonella symptoms include Diarrhea, chills, vomiting, headache, blood in stool, nausea.

Washing raw poultry and other raw meats before cooking is not advised - as germs can spread to other kitchen surfaces or utensils.

This is an ongoing investigation and the CDC will provide updates as they become available.

Finally, to prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently, especially before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers. Costumes may look cute on cats and dogs, but the CDC suggests that you avoid dressing your chickens up or cuddling with them to keep from being exposed to these bacteria.

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