Salmonella Infections Linked to Backyard Poultry
- Since the last update on May 20, 2020, 368 more ill people were added to this investigation.
- As of June 23, 2020, 465 people infected with one of the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 42 states.
- 86 people (36% of those with information available) have been hospitalized. One death in Oklahoma has been reported.
- 31% of ill people are children younger than 5 years of age.
- Epidemiologic evidence shows that contact with backyard poultry (such as chicks and ducklings) is the likely source of these outbreaks.
- In interviews with 226 ill people, 179 (79%) reported contact with chicks and ducklings.
- People reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including agricultural stores, websites, and hatcheries.
Advice to Backyard Flock Owners
You can get sick with a Salmonella infection from touching backyard poultry or their environment. Backyard poultry can carry Salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean and show no signs of illness. Follow these tips to stay healthy with your backyard flock:
Wash your hands.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water right after touching backyard poultry, their eggs, or anything in the area where they live and roam.
- Adults should supervise handwashing by young children.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
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