The U.S. Centers for Disease Control are investigating a nationwide outbreak of "multidrug-resistant" Salmonella infections from raw chicken.
No single common supplier has been identified.
There have been 92 reported cases of Salmonella Infantis in 29 states, including California, Washington and Texas, according to the CDC report announced Wednesday.
Investigators have identified the outbreak strain in raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.
The CDC said it was working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and representatives from the chicken industry to discuss steps that they might take to reduce Salmonella contamination.
At least 20 people have been hospitalized across the country.
The CDC recommended that consumers handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent infection. The CDC says laboratory evidence shows raw chicken products from a variety of sources were contaminated with SalmonellaInfantis.
People sick with this strain have experienced stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
This outbreak is a reminder to follow food safety guidelines.
Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats if possible. The CDC also says that it is not a good idea to wash raw chicken before cooking it because that can spread germs in raw chicken to other areas.
More information can be found on the CDC website.