A salmonella outbreak in several states has sickened 16 people and left one person dead, according to a new report.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 cases were reported in New York, four in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland and Virginia, with patient ages between less than one year and 76.
Eight people have been hospitalized, including the patient who died, who was from New York.
CDC investigators said that several people who became ill reported that they had eaten kosher chicken, and specifically Empire Kosher chicken.
On Tuesday, the agency revealed that the salmonella strain was found in samples of raw chicken from two facilities, including one that processes the Empire Kosher chicken.
According to the CDC, 11 cases were reported in New York, four in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland and Virginia, with ages between patients under one year and 76 years.
Salmonella infections occur after eating raw meat and eggs or foods that are contaminated with the bacteria.
Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that usually last between four and seven days.
According to the CDC, salmonella is the cause of 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States annually.
Most people can recover without treatment, although there are cases where antibiotics or fluids are needed intravenously.
In response to the current outbreak, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture. UU He issued a health alert on August 24 "for excessive precaution."
The alert indicates that the products, which may include raw whole chicken and raw chicken parts, were sold between September 2017 and June 2018.
FSIS said it learned about the multiple diseases in June after several people reported they were ill in New York and an investigation was started.
& # 39; FSIS is concerned that some products may freeze and freeze in consumers. Consumers who have purchased these products are encouraged to properly handle, prepare and cook these raw chicken products, "the officials wrote.
As of Wednesday, the CDC has not issued a notice to avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher chicken.
However, the agency is urging any customer who has purchased these products and still have them at home to cook and prepare them properly, regardless of whether they are fresh or frozen.
Such safety precautions include hand washing, cutting boards, counters and utensils with hot water and soap after handling raw meat.
They advise that the chicken cook at least an internal temperature of 165F to kill any germ or bacteria.
Empire Kosher has yet to issue a statement about the outbreak and no withdrawals of its products have been issued.
This is the latest in a series of Salmonella outbreaks that have spread throughout the United States.
In June, Kellogg voluntarily recalled its popular infant cereal Honey Smacks, which has been linked to a massive outbreak of salmonella that infected 100 people.
In July, Mondelez International recalled 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits due to salmonella risk, with two people falling.
That same month, Pepperidge Farm voluntarily withdrew four types of Goldfish Crackers due to salmonella fears.