The chicken is not coming from one source that they have been able to identify.
The outbreak has made almost 100 people sick across 29 states, including MI, according to the CDC report. This particular strain of salmonella has been found in both live chickens and raw chicken products, which the CDC says could mean it is "widespread in the chicken industry". At least 21 people have been hospitalized.
The CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture have shared the information with chicken industry officials.
Officials say almost 90% of cases that have been reported have involved preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces and whole chicken.
According to the CDC, "ill people reported preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces, and whole chicken".
Five cases of multi-drug resistant salmonella infantis illness has reported by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health.
Salmonella normally causes mild upset stomach, but it can be serious in the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems.
Experts say you should always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry, because poultry can spread germs any time you handle it. Additional food safety tips are available here.
Tests also showed the specific strain of salmonella that made them sick is resistant to multiple antibiotics, the agency said. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats if possible.
The best way to destroy the bacteria is to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and safely to the temperature of 165-degrees. Avoid feeding your pets raw chicken products as well.