HealthDay News — One person has died and 16 others sickened in a 4-state Salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken, US health officials say.

Cases have been reported in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Eight people have been hospitalized, including 1 patient who died in New York.

Illnesses began between Sept. 25, 2017, and June 4, 2018, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began investigating the outbreak in late June after the New York State Department of Health found that several ill people reported eating kosher chicken.

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Tests revealed that some kosher chicken products are contaminated with Salmonella, and several ill people said they’d eaten Empire Kosher brand chicken. The outbreak strain was identified in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken, the CDC said.

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The investigation is ongoing, according to the CDC.

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