More and more people are reportedly being sickened eating chicken tainted by a “multidrug-resistant” salmonella.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reports that at least 92 people, including two in Louisiana, have become sick thus far.
Nearly two dozen have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.
So far, the CDC has been unable to identify a single source for the contaminated chicken that involves a variety of chicken products purchased at many different locations.
CDC advises consumers to follow these steps to help prevent Salmonella infection from raw chicken:
- Wash your hands. Salmonella infections can spread from one person to another if hands have Salmonella germs on them. Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.
- Cook raw chicken thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground poultry, including chicken burgers and chicken sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check, and place it in the thickest part of the food.
- Don’t spread germs from raw chicken around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw chicken can spread to other foods and kitchen surfaces. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats if possible.
- CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick. Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet.