Salmonella Strikes 18 States

Furloughed health officials are being called back to help deal with the illness affecting hundreds.
2:10 | 10/08/13

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We begin with that outbreak of salmonella across 18 states in america. The cdc even taking a drastic step, calling in some of their disease detectives who were furloughed in the government shutdown. Abc's chief medical editor dr. Richard besser who for years led the cdc responds to the nation's outbreak and has been tracking this illness all day Reporter: This sweeping salmonella scare is so serious the center for disease control is bringing back workers furloughed in the government shutdown to monitor the outbreak. Almost 300 people are sick in 18 states. Incredibly 42 percent had to be hospitalized which may mean the outbreak is larger than we think. Like the culprit, the usda points to raw chicken from a company called foster farms. They haven't said how many packages are effected. They warn people to steer clear of chicken with these codes. Some of those chickens made it to tara's table. Wondering what if my kids get sick, what, what, what. Reporter: Foster farms says it's taking additional steps to control salmonella in their chicken. It's okay if it's thoroughly cooked. But remember it can spread if it hasn't properly handled. We coat the this chicken with glow in the dark paint with salmonella. Finally into the hands. It looks clean, right? The board, your hands, this salad, covered in germs that get transferred to the rest of your meal. You may not know but there are many strains of salmonella. This outbreak alone has 7 different types of salmonella causing disease and some of those are very resistant to antibiotics. If you start to feel sick what can you expect? What do you do? Your symptoms will develop within three days. If you have severe symptoms you have to get checked out and in some people it can save their lives. Thank you. That team of medical experts called back to work as you know

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