The Illinois Department of Public Health said five cases of the bacterial infection have been reported in the state, one of 29 in which a multi-drug-resistant strain of salmonella has been found. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported.
In the CDC's investigation notice, the organization said the outbreak strain of SalmonellaInfantis has caused illness in 92 people in 29 states; 21 of those people have been hospitalized due to their symptoms, and no deaths have been reported thus far.
The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain was identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products and live chickens.
The best way to destroy the bacteria is to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and safely to the temperature of 165-degrees. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats.
This particular strain of Salmonellahas demonstrated resistance to multiple antibiotics, meaning treatment may be more hard for severe cases.
Salmonella-contaminated food can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 hours to 72 hours and the illness usually lasts four to seven days.
"The strain of Salmonella infantis in this outbreak is not susceptible to ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, or other antibiotics including ampicillin, chloramphenicol, fosfomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and tetracycline", the CDC said.