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.
The CDC has not pinpointed the common supplier at this time.
The strain has been identified in a variety of raw chicken products and in live chickens.
29 people have been hospitalized from the illness, but no one has died. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the strain and work with the chicken industry to reduce contamination.
Earlier this month, at least 57 people in at least 16 states reported salmonella infections after consuming some of more than 6.5 million pounds of contaminated beef produced by an Arizona company.
The strain of the outbreak is seen in live chickens and many types of raw chicken products.
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- There is an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella in 29 states including NY and New Jersey.
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.
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.
Cook raw chicken thoroughly to kill harmful germs: Chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. Don't wash chicken before you cook it, as doing so can spread germs to other surfaces. Avoid feeding your pets raw chicken products as well.
Get more details about this outbreak and the investigation from the CDC at this link.