Multistate salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with backyard poultry

Faith Castro
July 28, 2018

As of July 13, 212 people infected with the outbreak strains of salmonella have been reported from 44 states.

The CDC said that 27 more people have gotten sick due to salmonella illnesses linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks.

No deaths have been reported in the recent outbreak of salmonella, which has been going on for several months.

Chicks and ducklings from multiple hatcheries have been tied to the outbreaks, and numerous people stricken reported getting chicks and ducklings from sources including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and relatives, said the agency. "This outbreak is a reminder that raw turkey products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick", said the CDC website.

The federal agency says there have been no reported illnesses linked to eating these products, which should be thrown out or returned to the store where purchased. Even birds that appear clean and healthy can still be carrying Salmonella. Two snack food giants, Mondelēz Global and Campbell Soup subsidiary Pepperidge Farm, have recalled iconic cracker products because a whey powder supplier has notified them that its ingredient may be tainted by Salmonella, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever, among other symptoms.

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People can become ill from touching live poultry or anything in their environment. A study of 50 of the most populated US cities found 93 percent allow backyard flocks.

"A lot of people don't realize these cute little fuzzy animals carry microbes that carry bacteria harmful to us", she said in March.

Twenty-six percent of the illnesses are in kids younger than five-years old.

At last check, there were 11 cases reported in Florida and four cases reported in Georgia. To avoid tracking the bacteria elsewhere, use a separate pair of shoes for taking care of the birds, and don't wear them inside of your home.

Do not let live poultry in the house or where you keep food and drinks, the CDC said.

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