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Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Live Poultry

Although baby chicks and ducklings may look adorable, contact with live poultry can be source of serious Salmonella infection in humans. Three multistate outbreaks in 2012 served as a tragic reminder that infection with Salmonella can be fatal.

As part of its outbreak report, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminded the live poultry industry that:

“Mail-order hatcheries, agricultural feed stores, and others that sell or display chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health-related information to owners and potential purchasers of these birds prior to the point of purchase. This should include information about the risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.”

The CDC also reminded consumers of the infection risks linked to handling live poultry and to:

“Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.”

Highlights from Three CDC Reported Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Live Poultry for the Year 2012

Eleven States Report Human Salmonella Hadar Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks

  • Forty-six persons were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Hadar linked to live poultry. Illness onset dates ranged from March 6 and August 12 in 2012.
  • Thirteen of the outbreak victims required hospitalization, and 30% of those sickened were children 10 years of age or younger.
  • Although public health officials linked a mail-order hatchery located in Idaho to the outbreak, state authorities requested that the hatchery not be named.

  • Twenty-three States and Puerto Rico Report Human Salmonella Montevideo Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks

  • Ninety-three persons were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo. Illness onset dates ranged from February 28 to September 14, 2012.
  • Twenty-one of those sickened in the outbreak were hospitalized and 38% of the outbreak victims were children 10 years of age or younger.
  • Public health officials linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with live baby poultry from Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Missouri.

  • Twenty-seven States Report Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks

  • A total of 195 persons were infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille.
  • Thirty-four of those sickened required hospitalization and 33% of outbreak victims were children 10 years of age or younger. Two deaths were reported.
  • Public health officials linked the outbreak to the Ohio mail-order hatchery, Mt. Healthy Hatchery. Mt. Healthy Hatchery was also associated with a Salmonella outbreak in 2011.
  • The CDC website provides additional information concerning these live poultry related human Salmonella outbreaks.

    Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

    Symptoms of a Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) may include diarrhea (sometime bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain.

    In more severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other body sites. This can result in death, unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

    The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness.

    A Stool Culture May Confirm Salmonella Food Poisoning

    If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella, or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection if appropriate.

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