Drug-Resistant Salmonella Outbreak Spreads To North Carolina

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Four North Carolinians are among the 92 people in the US who’ve now been confirmed to have salmonella after coming in contact with raw chicken, CDC officials said Wednesday.

North Carolina is one of 29 states to report cases of a powerful multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella, which has now led to 21 hospitalizations.

Symptoms of the outbreak now include diarrhea, fever, and severe stomach cramps. Most victims start to experience symptoms 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the contaminated chicken.

According to the CDC, “ill people reported preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces, and whole chicken. Ill people reported buying many different brands of raw chicken products from multiple stores. Also, one person got sick after pets in their home ate raw ground chicken pet food. Another ill person lived with someone who works in a facility that raises or processes chickens.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis has been identified in samples from raw chicken pet food, from raw chicken products from 58 slaughter and/or processing establishments, and from live chickens.”

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