Salmonella Has Become Resistant to Antibiotics, Experts Say
NEW YORK — October 18, 2018
Another salmonella outbreak due to raw chicken meat has been recorded in the U.S.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 100 people fell ill in 29 States across the country; 21 of them had to be hospitalized. Indicators continue to grow, experts say. Fortunately, so far there have been no deaths.
But most importantly, CDC experts say this time the virus has become more resistant and immune to many antibiotics which are usually used for the treatment of salmonella. It is known that every year many viruses show mutation, but this time the mutation is so big that doctors are lost in guesswork as to how to fix the problem.
The supplier of the contaminated chicken has not been determined, and the CDC is warning that only high temperatures can destroy the salmonella bacteria.
"Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This outbreak is a reminder that raw chicken can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and make you sick," according to CDC.
The best temperature for cooking chicken products is 165°F to kill harmful bacteria.
"Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check, and place it in the thickest part of the food," the statement notes.
Usually salmonella only causes slight stomach problems, but it can also be a serious disease for the elderly, young children, and people with a weakened immune system.
Here are some facts about the disease:
- Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
- The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
- In some people, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
- In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
- Children younger than 5 years of age, adults older than 65 years of age, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.
This strain is sensitive to ciprofloxacin, Ceftriaxone, ampicillin, chloramphenicol, fosfomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and tetracycline, but is influenced by azithromycin, amoxicillin, and Meropenem.