THURSDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Live chicks and ducklings
from a mail-order hatchery in Ohio have been linked to a salmonella
outbreak that had sickened 93 people in 23 states, the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update Thursday.
Eighteen people have been hospitalized and one death possibly
related to the outbreak is under investigation. Among the reported
cases so far, illnesses surfaced between March 1 and May 19.
Infected people range in age from less than 1 year old to 100 years
old, and 37 percent of those sickened are 10 or younger, the CDC
The reported cases are: Alabama (3), Georgia (3), Illinois (1),
Indiana (2), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1),
Maryland (1), Maine (2), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey
(1), North Carolina (9), New York (13), Ohio (26), Pennsylvania
(9), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (4), Texas
(1), Virginia (6), Vermont (1), and West Virginia (1).
The same mail-order hatchery linked to this outbreak was
associated with a salmonella outbreak in 2011, said the CDC, which
did not identify the hatchery. Ohio Department of Agriculture
veterinarians inspected the hatchery this month and made
recommendations for improvement.
To reduce the risk of salmonella infection, you should always
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after
touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and
roam, the CDC advised.
The agency also said that mail-order hatcheries, agricultural
feed stores, and other businesses that sell or display live poultry
should provide health-related information to potential buyers of
the birds. This information should include details about the risk
of acquiring a salmonella infection from live poultry.
The CDC has more about the risk of human salmonella infections
live baby poultry.
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