CDC investigating Salmonella outbreak
May 31, 2012
by Meat&Poultry Staff
ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced an investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry.
The agency said 93 people have been infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille. The illnesses have been reported from 23 states.
The number of infected people identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (3), Georgia (3), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Maine (2), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (9), New York (13), Ohio (26), Pennsylvania (9), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (4), Texas (1), Virginia (6), Vermont (1), and West Virginia (1).
Eighteen people have been hospitalized so far, and one death possibly related to the outbreak is under investigation, according to CDC. The agency said children 10 years of age or younger account for 37 percent of the infections.
The outbreak of Salmonella infections has been linked to exposure to chicks and ducklings from a single mail-order hatchery in Ohio. CDC said the same mail-order hatchery was associated with a 2011 outbreak of Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg infections. Veterinarians from the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspected the hatchery in May and made recommendations for improvement.