July 12, 2020

Backyard Poultry Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 768 in 48 States

The ongoing backyard poultry Salmonella outbreak has now sickened at least 768 people in 48 states, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC). One hundred twenty-two people have been hospitalized, and two people have died. The only states that do not have any ill persons are Alaska and Delaware. The case count by state is: Alabama (15), Arkansas (11), Arizona (2), California (20), Colorado (14), Connecticut (17), Florida (5), Georgia (6), Hawaii (2), Idaho (8), Illinois (20), Indiana (26), Iowa (14), Kansas (7), Kentucky (30), Louisiana (6), Maine (14), Maryland (17), Massachusetts (27), Michigan (27), Minnesota (13), Mississippi (12), Missouri (27), Montana (3), Nebraska (8), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (7), New Jersey (9), New Mexico (3), New York (38), North … [Read more...]

Salmonella Infections in Scioto and Lawrence Counties, Ohio Associated with Live Poultry

Salmonella infections in Scioto and Lawrence Counties in Ohio have sickened at least five people after purchasing chickens from the local farm supply stores, according to a post on the Portsmouth City Health Department Facebook page. There have been several Salmonella outbreaks linked to live chicks in the United States over the past several years. In 2017, there were eight ongoing multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections that were linked to backyard poultry. Chickens, turkeys, and ducks can carry pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella that can be transferred to humans. In those outbreaks, there were almost 400 people sick in 47 states. Public health officials are asking that anyone who thinks they or a family member has gotten sick after contact with live chickens to call … [Read more...]

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Live Poultry Sickens 961

A deadly Salmonella outbreak in 48 states is linked to live poultry kept in backyard flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report about this outbreak yesterday, stating that since the last update on July 13, 2017, 172 more people have been sickened. There are 10 separate multistate outbreaks in this huge outbreak, caused by ten different strains of Salmonella. They are: Salmonella Braenderup, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i-, Salmonella Indiana, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Litchfield, Salmonella Mbandaka, Salmonella Muenchen, and Salmonella Typhimurium. The issue is that poultry can carry this pathogenic bacteria and still appear healthy, with no signs of illness. Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 4, … [Read more...]

Eight Current Salmonella Outbreaks Are Linked to Backyard Poultry Flocks

The CDC reports that there are eight ongoing multistage outbreaks of Salmonella linked to backyard poultry in the United States. In the June 2017 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an outbreak advisory discusses the 2017 multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks. Every year Food Poisoning Bulletin has told you about outbreaks linked to backyard poultry. Hundreds of people have been sickened in these types of outbreaks. Chickens, turkeys and ducks can carry pathogenic bacteria that can easily be transmitted to humans. As of May 25, 2017, there are 372 people infected with the outbreak strains of bacteria in 47 states. The serotypes in these outbreaks are Salmonella Braenderup, Salmonella Enteritidis, … [Read more...]

MDH Offers Steps to Keep Backyard Poultry Keepers Safe

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is offering simple steps to keep backyard poultry-keepers safe. There have been large Salmonella outbreaks in the past linked to backyard poultry flocks. In 2014, hundreds were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to the birds, and in 2016, there were eight Salmonella outbreaks caused by contact with live poultry. Many people keep backyard birds for fresh eggs and meat. But there are risks associated with raising poultry; the birds can be carriers of Salmonella and other pathogenic bacteria. Children under the age of 5, people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and pregnant women are most likely to become seriously ill with a Salmonella infection. So MDH is offering some steps to protect yourself and your family. First, be … [Read more...]

CDC Issues Final Update on Salmonella Outbreaks linked to Live Poultry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued their final update on eight multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard blocks. Those outbreaks are over, but the government says that people can still contract Salmonella from live poultry. This year, 2016, saw the largest number of illnesses linked to contact with backyard poultry ever recorded. The CDC, multiple states, and the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service investigated eight separate multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. In those eight outbreaks, 895 people were sickened in 48 states. And since the multiplier for Salmonella infections is 30.3, since most people with this illness do not go to … [Read more...]

Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Live Poultry, Again

Four the fourth time in five years, Salmonella from contact with live poultry has sickened hundreds of Americans. Seven separate simultaneous Salmonella outbreaks are currently linked to backyard flocks of chickens and ducks. At least 324 people in 35 states have been sickened, 66 have been hospitalized and one person has died, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Salmonella "was not considered to be a contributing factor in the reported death." The majority of those sickened, 88 percent, were children 5 years of age or younger. Those sickened contracted Salmonella infections after handling live poultry infected with the bacteria and then not washing hands before touching their faces, eating or preparing food. The state-by-state breakdown of cases is as … [Read more...]

Salmonella from Live Poultry Linked to Four Outbreaks

Salmonella from live poultry has been linked to four multistate outbreaks. Forty states are affected by the outbreaks which have sickened 181 and hospitalized 33. Most of those sickened reported tending to backyard flocks before becoming ill. The outbreaks have been linked to live poultry from multiple hatcheries sold at 17 different feed supply stores. "Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry.These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By state the cases reported are as follows: Alabama (17), Arizona (3), Arkansas (4), California (3), Colorado (2), Delaware (2), Georgia (4), Indiana … [Read more...]

Salmonella From Live Poultry Sickened 363 in 2014

Salmonella from live poultry sickened 363 people in 2014. The illnesses were part of five clusters that occurred from February through October. Many of those who became ill reported purchasing live poultry from the mail order hatchery, Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio, which was also linked to Salmonella outbreaks in 2012 and 2013. The outbreak strains in the 2014 outbreak included Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Hadar. Illnesses were reported from 43 states and Puerto Rico. When combined, the illnesses represent the largest live poultry-associated salmonellosis outbreak in the United States. About 35 percent of those who were sickened 10 years old or younger. Thirty three percent of those sickened were hospitalized. About a quarter of those sickened reported … [Read more...]

Salmonella and Backyard Poultry Flocks

This is the time of year when many Americans begin laying plans to care for backyard poultry flocks. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how easy it is to contract Salmonella infections tending these flocks and children are often hardest hit by these illnesses. There have been five Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry since 2012. On average, about 30 percent of those sickened are children under 10. These outbreaks are linked chicks, ducklings and other live poultry supplied by mail-order hatcheries either directly or through feed stores and others companies, all of which are supposed to provide health-related information to owners and potential buyers, including information about the risk of Salmonella.  Anyone handling live poultry, or anything in the area where they live … [Read more...]

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