Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

CDC: Kosher chicken linked to deadly salmonella outbreak

7 September, 2018

As of August 27, 2018, 17 sick people have been reported from four states (Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). Eight people have been hospitalized, including one person whose death was reported from New York. Illnesses in this outbreak started from September 25, 2017 to June 4, 2018.
CDC began investigating this outbreak in late June 2018 after the New York State Department of Health found several ill people reported eating kosher chicken. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that some kosher chicken products are contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- and have made people sick. In interviews, several ill people reported eating Empire Kosher brand chicken. The outbreak strain was also identified in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken.