FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) ---- More than 300 people in 37
states have been sickened to date in a major multistate outbreak of
salmonella infection linked to baby poultry, U.S. government health
officials reported Friday.
The report showed that 307 people have become infected with
Salmonella Typhimurium, and that 60 percent of them were
children aged 10 or younger.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a news
release, said "Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings
have linked this outbreak ..... to contact with chicks, ducklings,
and other live baby poultry purchased from multiple feed stores and
sourced from multiple mail-order hatcheries."
According to the CDC, the number of ill persons identified in
each state was: Alabama (1), Arizona (7), California (9), Colorado
(37) Florida (5), Georgia (4), Idaho (3), Illinois (1), Indiana
(10), Iowa (7), Kansas (15), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (9),
Massachusetts (2), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (6), Missouri (18),
Montana (2), Nebraska (14), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New
Mexico (16), New York (17), North Dakota (5), Oklahoma (15), Oregon
(10), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (32), Utah (10),
Vermont (1), Washington (19), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (5), and
The CDC also said that among the 193 sickened persons with
available information, 25 percent have been hospitalized.
The earliest date of reported illness associated with this
six-month outbreak was March 4. But efforts to determine the
ultimate source of the infected poultry have been challenging
because of the complicated distribution network for these birds,
the CDC said.
To guard against infection, the agency urged consumers to always
wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water right after
touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and
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