According to the CDC, 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of Salmonella. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. This particular strain of Salmonellahas demonstrated resistance to multiple antibiotics, meaning treatment may be more hard for severe cases.
The outbreak strain was been identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
"Salmonella can be a disgusting infection", said WRAL's Dr. Allen Mask.
The CDC said, as of Wednesday, a total of 92 people had fallen ill, with 21 of them requiring hospitalization. Other cases were in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
The CDC has not pinpointed the common supplier at this time.
Meanwhile, the CDC is not advising people to avoid eating properly cooked chicken products, nor telling retailers to stop selling raw chicken.
The CDC is urging consumers to cook chicken thoroughly and to wash your hands before and after you handle food.
If you keep chickens as pets, getting too friendly with your fowl is also not recommended.