Troublingly, the chicken is not coming from one source; epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that "many types of raw chicken products" from "a variety of sources" are contaminated with salmonella, noted Fox 5 in NY.
So far 21 people had to be hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Illnesses began appearing January 19, with the latest instance occurring September 9.
The patients live in California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Maine.
Lab tests haven't been able to successfully trace the source of the tainted chicken, so the organization can not release any supplier names or product information at the moment.
The Center for Disease Control says the bacteria is linked to raw chicken products, including pet food, chicken pieces and ground pieces of whole chicken. Tests also concluded that the bacteria is present in live chicken.More news: Meghan Markle Hits the Beach in Australia for Mental Health Awareness Event
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Generally, people do not develop any symptoms but some people can have fever, body pain and cramps in the abdomen after 72 hours of infection.
New Jersey (9 cases) and MA (9 cases) are among the worst hit of the 29 states in the outbreak of the multidrug-resistant strain, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.
For more information about the outbreak and to see a full list of impacted states, visit the CDC's website.
Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it.
Don't spread germs from raw chicken around food preparation: Don't wash raw poultry before cooking; germs can splash around your kitchen. "General ways you can prevent Salmonella infection include good handwashing and cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F".