Salmonella outbreak sickens nearly 100 people in 29 states, including Michigan

Posted at 6:25 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 08:05:18-04

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's been a salmonella outbreak and it's affecting people in Michigan.

At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products.

The CDC says three cases have been reported in Michigan but the numbers are higher in some surrounding states; Illinois has had five cases and Ohio has had seven.

The strain of salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics and can cause stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea and a fever that could last up to 72 hours.

According to the CDC, the source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests and no common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken products including pet food, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens.

Out of the 92 people in 29 states, more than 20 of them had to be hospitalized. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Service says they're keeping an eye on the outbreak as the CDC continues to investigate.