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CDC, Really? “Hatchery B in Idaho” Caused 37 Salmonella Illnesses and 8 Hospitalizations?

The CDC reports that a total of 37 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Hadar have been reported from 11 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (2), California (1), Colorado (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (2), Oregon (5), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Utah (5), Washington (9), and Wyoming (2).

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Eight ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

37% of ill persons are children 10 years of age or younger.

Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with live poultry from Hatchery B in Idaho.

Is this like “Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain, Restaurant Chain A,” Errr, Taco Bell?

Oddly, the CDC did out Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Missouri after its chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry sickened a total of 66 with Salmonella Montevideo in 20 states.  Earlier in 2012 the CDC named Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio as the source of chicks and ducklings that sickened 144 with Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille in 26 states.

So, why not “Hatchery B in Idaho?”

  • According to the CDC report, the name of the hatchery was withheld at the request of the state of Idaho. Sigh!!