WASHINGTON, D.C. (FSIS)- One person has died and 16 others have become ill from a salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Eight people have been hospitalized, including the person who died.
Illnesses were reported in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The death was reported in New York.
According to the CDC, the agency began an outbreak investigation in June after several cases were reported in New York among people who said they had consumed kosher chicken.
Although there has not been a recall issued, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert for raw chicken products produced by Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc.
Health officials say consumers should wash their hands thoroughly before handling raw chicken and cook poultry to an internal temperature of 165°F before eating.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within one to three days of infection.
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