CDC Investigation into Salmonella linked to Poultry [US]

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia based health promotion and disease prevention authority, issues a formal investigation notice concerning the Salmonella infections linked to contact with live Poultry.


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Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports a multi-state Salmonella infectious outbreak has been linked to contact with live Poultry and is known to have sickened at least 52 people from 21 states.

Additional information is as follows:

  • The CDC and public health officials in several states are investigating multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live Poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, in backyard flocks.
  • So far, at least 52 people are known to have been sickened in 21 states with at least five (5) people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported but approximately 25% of illnesses have appeared in children aged 5 years and younger.
  • The people who got sick reported having contact with chicks and ducklings from places such as agricultural stores and hatcheries.

General prevention tips:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately before and immediately after touching live Poultry or anything in their environment. Use commercial hand sanitizer if soap and water are not immediately available.
  • Do not let live Poultry inside the house, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Be especially careful to keep Poultry out of areas where food or drink is prepared, served or stored, such as kitchens, pantries and outdoor patios or barbecues.
  • Set aside a pair of boots (preferable) or shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep those outside of your home.
  • Children younger than 5, adults over 65, and those with weakened immune systems should never handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other poultry. Never eat or drink where Poultry live, sleep or roam due to the risk of cross contamination.
  • Never kiss Poultry or snuggle them and then touch your face, mouth or hair.
  • Remain outdoors when cleaning any equipment or materials used to raise or care for poultry, such as cages, or feed or water containers.

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