Illinois One of 29 States Dealing with Salmonella Outbreak

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois is one of 29 states dealing with a stubborn salmonella outbreak.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting five cases of multi-drug resistant salmonella,” said Emma Ciavarella with the Department of Public Health. “It is part of a larger, multi-state outbreak.”

Ciavarella said that in the 29 states dealing with the outbreak, almost all of the cases can be traced back to raw chicken.

“The best thing that you can do is to follow food safety procedures when handling raw chicken,” Ciavarella said. “Such as washing your hands, making sure the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees, and making sure you’re not spreading the germs from the raw chicken on different food preparation areas.”

Ciavarella said the CDC is looking into the source of the outbreak, but investigators aren’t sure if there is just one source.

Most people who have gotten sick from the outbreak have reported a rumbly stomach and a fever. It can last up to a week.