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Salmonella outbreak in chicken shows resistance to antibiotics

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LOS ANGELES — A salmonella outbreak in Foster Farms chicken contains several antibiotic-resistant strains that may explain an unusually high rate of hospitalization.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that four of the seven salmonella strains found in the outbreak were resistant to one or more drugs-and that 42 percent of those sickened have been hospitalized.

“That’s about double the hospitalization rate of a regular salmonella outbreak,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director for the Center…

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