Latest Strain of Salmonella Showing Resistance to Antibiotics
The latest Salmonella outbreak has affected 92 people in at least 29 states, including three in Minnesota, thus far. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 21 people have been hospitalized, and this strain has shown a resistance to multiple antibiotics.
This strain of Salmonella has been linked to raw chicken products. Unfortunately, a common supplier linked to the chicken products has not been identified yet. Meaning it might be widespread in the chicken industry. Products that tested positive for Salmonella included raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.
The CDC estimates that Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the U.S. each year. Most people infected develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.