Chicks073112-map.jpgA total of 76 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 22 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (9), Iowa (2), Kansas (10), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (2), Missouri (24), Nebraska (8), Nevada (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), South Dakota (1), Texas (1), Vermont (1), and Wyoming (1).

Seventeen 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.

Thirty-seven percent 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 chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Missouri.

  • Ric Dalpay

    What I find remarkable about this case, is the loss of “Herd Immunity” by this population.
    Casual exposure should produce temporary flu like symptoms, with the sufferer having a spontaneously recovery. The questions are;(1) is this strain of Salmonella more virulent? – or – (2) are these individuals in some way immune-compromised?
    Hospital grade antibiotics have been used in veterinary science for many years. Early opponents objected on the basis, long term use may have detrimental effects. Globally the abuse of the technology is producing more virulent strains. Hormone additives are complex proteins which add to the inability to identify cause and effect.
    Our living quarters are now so clean, the products themselves are causing chemical pollution. This lowers natural contagious exposure. Without exposure to harmless strains of bacteria our bodies never develop natural antibodies. This was the case in Cow Pox and Small Pox.