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CDC: “chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry” linked to yet another Salmonella Outbreak

062512-map.jpgAccording to the CDC, epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Missouri.

A total of 66 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 20 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (8), Iowa (2), Kansas (10), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (22), Nebraska (5), Nevada (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), South Dakota (1), Vermont (1), and Wyoming (1).

16 Ill persons have been hospitalized. One death was reported in Missouri, but Salmonella infection was not considered a contributing factor in this person’s death.

35% of ill persons are children 10 years of age or younger.

Hmmm, where have I heard this before?  Right, the CDC:

As of June 7, 2012, a total of 123 persons infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille have been reported from 25 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (4), Delaware (1), Georgia (5), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (5), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Maine (3), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (16), North Carolina (12), Ohio (30), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (6), and West Virginia (7). 26 ill persons have been hospitalized. One death has been reported in New York, but it is unclear whether infection contributed to this death. 36% of ill persons are children 10 years of age or younger.

As of October 4, 2011, a total of 68 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Altona were been reported from 20 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (6), Maryland (5), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (4), North Carolina (9), Ohio (12), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (2), Virginia (7), Vermont (1), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (4). 19 were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. In addition, a total of 28 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Johannesburg were reported from 15 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (2), Maine (1), New York (4), North Carolina (4), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (3), Vermont (2), and West Virginia (1). 9 were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

  • Mary

    I was watching the tweets from the American Soc of Microbiology meeting, and this one from Erika Check Hayden caught my eye:
    “CDC’s Besser: We’re in baby chick “apocalypse;” backyard poultry-keeping leading to Salmonella infections linked to chick/duck eggs #asm2012″
    https://twitter.com/Erika_Check/status/214856516954636288
    I understand the appeal of backyard chickens, but I am afraid a lot of people are going to get into it without understanding this.

  • Domenic

    Reminds me of the Dire Straits song, “Money for Nothin, Chicks for Free!”
    Yes, we in public health have to be wary of backyard chicks and petting zoos! And incur the wrath of the “Back to Nature” movement!