Ninety-two people have been infected by an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella in 29 states, including Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC, as of October 17, 92 people have been reported sick from 29 states, including Florida, and 21 people have been hospitalized. A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.
The CDC says the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.
The CDC said it was working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and representatives from the chicken industry to discuss steps that they might take to reduce Salmonella contamination.
The CDC has called the rise in infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria "a global threat", saying at least 23,000 people die yearly and 2 million become infected in the USA alone.
- There is an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella in 29 states including NY and New Jersey.
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Most people infected with salmonella, the most frequent cause of foodborne illness, get better in four to seven days without treatment.
Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Additional food safety tips are available here. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats if possible.
Cooking chicken thoroughly can destroy the bacteria. The CDC does recommend pet owners not feed raw chicken to their animals.
More information can be found on the CDC website.