CDC: Multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw chicken products

Posted on October 18, 2018 by

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Outbreak highlights:

  • Ninety-two people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 29 states.
    • Twenty-one people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

    • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence(https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/investigating-outbreaks/index.html) indicates that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and are making people sick.
      • ]n interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of chicken products purchased from many different locations.
      • The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.
    • Antibiotic resistance testing conducted by CDC on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people shows that the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics. Read the Advice to Clinicians(https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/advice.html).
    • A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.
    • The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis is present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the chicken industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination.

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