Antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak includes Kentucky — CDC

Leslie Hanson
October 18, 2018

Dozens of people across 29 states, including MI, have gotten sick in an outbreak linked to a variety of raw chicken products.

A total of 92 people have been affected nationwide, resulting in 21 hospitalizations and no deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

29 people have been hospitalized from the illness, but no one has died.

As an investigation continues, the CDC said the source remains unclear. The strain has shown up in samples of pet food, chicken pieces, ground check and whole chickens.


Officials have not advised stores stop selling raw chicken products or people avoid properly cooked chicken. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the strain and work with the chicken industry to reduce contamination.

The CDC is advising people to wash kitchen counters and cutting boards to prevent the spread of salmonella. People have reported getting sick from eating various brands of chicken purchased in different locations.

Symptoms, which typically begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps and can last four to seven days. It is also suggested you don't feel raw diets to pets.

Most people infected with Salmonella recover without treatment, though in rare cases, antibiotics are needed for treatment.

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