Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella infantis infections linked to raw chicken products

18 October, 2018

According to the CDC, there have been a total of 92 cases, spanning 29 different states. Twenty-one of the 92 cases have led to hospitalization. The CDC said laboratory evidence indicates that raw chicken products contaminated with Salmonella infantis are making people ill. The CDC said those who are sick report eating different types and brands of chicken products that were purchased at various locations. Nearly 90% of cases report preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces, and whole chicken. The outbreak strain of  Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.  Testing shows that the outbreak strain of Salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe Salmonella infection.