May 24, 2022

This Year’s Backyard Poultry Salmonella Outbreak Investigation Ends

Every year in the United States for the past few years there has been a large multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry. This year's backyard poultry Salmonella outbreak has ended with at least 1,135 people sick in 48 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 273 people hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ¬†Two people died. But even though the investigation is over, it's important to remember that any backyard poultry can carry Salmonella bacteria that can make you and your family sick. There were six serotypes of Salmonella that made people sick in this outbreak: Salmonella Enteritidis, Hadar, Indiana, Infantis, Mbandaka, and Muenchen. Epidemiologic and laboratory data showed that contact with backyard poultry made people … [Read more...]

Backyard Poultry Salmonella Outbreaks Case Count Skyrockets

The backyard poultry Salmonella outbreaks case count this year has skyrocketed to 672 sick in 47 states, which is an increase of 198 new patients since the last update on June 24, 2021. There are 157 people hospitalized, and two people have died. One in four patients is a child younger than the age of five. There are five serotypes infecting people in these outbreaks: Salmonella Mbandaka, Salmonella Muenchen, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, and Salmonella Infantis. The case count by state is: Alabama (7), Arizona (9), Arkansas (5), California (24), Colorado (6), Connecticut (12), Florida (5), Georgia (28), Idaho (2), Illinois (17), Indiana (16) Iowa (26), Kansas (12), Kentucky (27), Louisiana (3), Maine (9), Maryland (13), Massachusetts (14), Michigan (12), Minnesota (30), … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Poultry Sickens 163 in 43 States

A Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry has sickened at least 163 people in 43 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thirty-four people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. All people sickened by live poultry in this country in the last 10 years add up to almost 7,000 illnesses.               The case count by state is: Arizona (2), Arkansas (2), California (9), Colorado (2), Connecticut (3), Florida (1), Georgia (9), Idaho (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Iowa (11), Kansas (1), Kentucky (5), Louisiana (1), Maine (3), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (4), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (4), Missouri (4), Montana (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (3), New … [Read more...]

How To Prevent Salmonella Infections From Backyard Poultry

There have been thousands of human illnesses linked to backyard poultry in the U.S. in the past few years. In 2020 alone, there were 17 multistate outbreaks of Salmonella illnesses linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks. In fact, in 2020 the number of illnesses linked to live birds was higher than any other past year. In those 17 outbreaks, 1,722 people were sickened, and 333 were hospitalized. One death was reported in Oklahoma. And 24% of those patients were children under the age of 5. Testing of backyard poultry and their environments in Kentucky and Oregon found three of the outbreak strains. The problem is that live poultry can carry Salmonella bacteria even if they look clean and healthy and do not seem sick. It's so easy to contract a Salmonella infection from … [Read more...]

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