Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

CDC: End to the investigation of a Salmonella Infantis outbreak

23 February, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an end to its investigation of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Infantis infections after confirming 129 cases in 32 states, including 25 hospitalizations and 1 death.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicated that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and are making people sick.
The outbreak strain was identified in samples taken from raw chicken products, raw chicken pet food, and live chickens.
Antibiotic resistance testing conducted by CDC on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people showed that the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics. A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens was not identified. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis is present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.