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Drug-resistant form of Salmonella behind outbreak in New York, New Jersey

October 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella has caused a rash of infections in the Tri-State area.

Ninety-two people in 29 states have been infected, with the outbreak connected to raw chicken products, ABC7 reports. There have been 10 cases in New York and 9 in New Jersey.

The CDC hasn't pinpointed the source of the outbreak. Lab evidence points to a number of chicken products from a variety of sources, and sickened people told the CDC that they ate different brands of chicken purchased from different locations.

ABC7 reports the presence of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis in live chickens and many raw chicken products means it could be widespreadin the chicken industry.

Salmonella typically causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours of exposure. The illness can last from 4 to 7 days, and most will recover without treatment.

The CDC recommends washing your hands, cooking raw chicken thoroughly, heating leftovers to 165 degrees, and avoiding the spread of raw chicken germs around food preparation areas.