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Federal officials for weeks have been on the hunt for the underlying source of a bacterial contaminant in raw chicken that has sickened more than 90 people in 29 states, 11 percent of them identified in New York.

A multi-drug resistant bacterium — Salmonella infantis — has cropped up in a wide range of chicken products. The bacteria are capable of repelling 13 major antibiotics, which makes illnesses caused by the microbes tougher to treat.

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