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Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Spreads to Missouri, Illinois

To make matters worse, the strain of salmonella in this outbreak appears to be antibiotic-resistant.

October 19, 2018 - 3:06 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A multi-state salmonella outbreak is spreading -- hitting 29 states now, including Missouri and Illinois.
 
Ninety-two cases nationwide, with five in Illinois and three in Missouri. Nearly 90 percent of the cases report preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces and whole chicken.

To make matters worse, the strain of salmonella in this outbreak appears to be antibiotic-resistant.  

Dr. Nirav Patel, SLU Care's infectious diseases specialist at SSM Health Saint Louis Universty Hospital, says the outbreak should serve as a reminder to follow food safety guidelines closely, including always cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees to kill harmful germs. He says it is also critical to practice good hand hygiene to prevent cross-contamination.
 
The outbreak strain was identified in live chickens and many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.

The CDC is not telling consumers to stop eating chicken, but instead to make sure it is cooked thoroughly.