October 1, 2014

CDC Updates Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mt. Healthy Poultry

According to the CDC, a total of 163 people have been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille in 26 states. That is an increase of 19 more cases in the last month. The outbreak is linked to live chicks and ducks from Mt. Healthy hatchery in Ohio.

The patients live in these states:  Alabama (4), Arizona (1), Delaware (1), Georgia (5), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (5), Louisiana (1), Maine (4), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (21), North Carolina (15), Ohio (39), Pennsylvania (13), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (11), Texas (2), Vermont (2), Virginia (9), and West Virginia (10). Two deaths have been reported in this outbreak; one in New York and one in Maryland, but officials do not know if the Salmonella infections contributed to the deaths. Thirty-three percent of the patients have been hospitalized. Thirty-four percent of the patients are children 10 years of age or younger.

The illnesses began between March 1, 2012 and July 31, 2012. The age range is less than 1 year to 100 years. Fifty-three percent of patients are female. Of the 93 patients interviewed, 75, or 81%, reported contact with live chicks and ducklings before becoming ill. Illnesses that occurred after July 23, 2012 may not be reported because of the time lag between diagnosis and reporting.

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