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524 sickened by Salmonella outbreak linked with Foster Farms chicken

The CDC reported Wednesday that at least 524 people have become ill with Salmonella related to Foster Farms raw chicken in the last year.

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According to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43 new cases have been reported since March 3, and more are expect to come. People who became ill after March 8 may not have reported their cases yet, since it takes two to four weeks for people to report illnesses.

Outbreak cases have been reported in 25 states and Puerto Rico, with most of the illness happening in California. Almost 40 percent of patients have been hospitalized, yet no deaths have been reported.

In a statement on Wednesday, Foster Farms said it is continuing to work on reducing Salmonella contamination at their facilities.

The CDC says several strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to many common antibiotics, potentially increasing the risk of hospitalization for infected individuals. Consumers need to practice proper food safety tips – such as washing your hands and food thoroughly, separating meat from other foods in the refrigerator, and cooking meat to a safe minimum temperature.