September 7, 2018 — An outbreak of Salmonella linked to Empire® kosher chicken has sickened at least 17 people in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, including 1 person who died.
The illnesses occurred from September 25, 2017 through June 4, 2018, with a total of 17 infections reported in Maryland (1), New York (11), Pennsylvania (4), and Virginia (1).
At least 8 of the victims were hospitalized with severe illnesses, including 1 person in New York who died, according to the outbreak investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 29.
The CDC opened the investigation in late June 2018 after the New York Health Department determined that several people fell ill after eating kosher chicken. All 14 people who were interviewed ate chicken before falling ill, and 7 people reported eating Empire kosher chicken.
The outbreak strain of Salmonella was also discovered in 2 facilities that process raw chicken, including 1 facility that processed Empire kosher chicken.
Infections with Salmonella cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps between 12 to 72 hours after a person eats contaminated food. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, but in rare cases, infections can be deadly.
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