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39 Sickened by Salmonella Tainted Chicks

Screen shot 2011-06-09 at 7.30.49 PM.pngThe CDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) to investigate a multistate outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Altona infections. As of June 8, 2011, a total of 39 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Altona have been reported from 15 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (4), Michigan (1), Maryland (3), Minnesota (1), North Carolina (6), New York (2), Ohio (8), Pennsylvania (4), Tennessee (2), Virginia (3), Vermont (1), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (1).

Among the persons with reported dates available, illnesses began between February 25, 2011 and May 23, 2011. Infected individuals range in age from less than one year old to 86 years old and 44 percent of ill persons are 5 years of age or younger. Forty-five percent of patients are male. Among the 32 patients with available information, 9 (28%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.