14 October 2013

Salmonella "Heidelberg" strain tied to Foster Farms chicken sickens hundreds, 42 percent hospitalization rate, antibiotic-resistant

Salmonella "Heidelberg" strain tied to Foster Farms chicken sickens hundreds, 42 percent hospitalization rate, antibiotic-resistant

Federal food safety workers who monitor dangerous bacteria have been recalled from furlough to track an outbreak of salmonella linked to Foster Farms chicken that has hospitalized a high proportion of victims, including some with hard-to-treat infections.

Nearly 300 people in 18 states have been sickened since about July by an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg traced to raw chicken from three sites run by the private California poultry producer, said Barbara Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 42 percent of patients reporting complete information have been hospitalized, about double the proportion typically expected from a salmonella outbreak, Reynolds said. Of 183 complete cases, 76 patients have been hospitalized. Among those, many infections appear to be resistant to the most common antibiotics used to them, she added.

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