The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) are investigating four multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry.
33 ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings have linked these four outbreaks of human Salmonella infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry from multiple hatcheries.
Eighty-two (86%) of the 95 ill people who were interviewed reported contact with live poultry in the week before their illness began.
CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory conducted antibiotic resistance testing on Salmonella isolates collected from seven ill people infected with one of the outbreak strains.
All seven isolates were susceptible to all antibiotics tested on the NARMS panel.
Antibiotic resistance testing continues on additional isolates collected from ill people infected with the outbreak strains.
Backyard flock owners should take steps to protect themselves and their families:
Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where the birds live and roam.
Do not let live poultry inside the house.