Raw chicken causing Salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania and 28 states

Leslie Hanson
October 18, 2018

Ninety-two people have been infected by an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella in 29 states, including MA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak has made almost 100 people sick across 29 states, including MI, according to the CDC report. 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. People have reported getting sick from eating various brands of chicken purchased in different locations.

The CDC has not identified a common source of contaminated chicken.

The CDC stated the outbreak strain of salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, including pet food, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.

Most people infected with salmonella get diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 3 days of exposure.


Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

Food poisoning can be prevented through good hand washing and cleaning surfaces where raw chicken has been handled or prepared.

The CDC said the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.

Although this particular strain is resistant to multiple common antibiotics, the CDC advises that Salmonella Infantis seems to still respond to azithromycin, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid and meropenem.

If you keep chickens as pets, getting too friendly with your fowl is also not recommended.

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