Live poultry linked to Salmonella infections

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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ATLANTA – At least 60 people have been infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis or Salmonella Newport, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

No deaths have been reported, although 10 people have been hospitalized. CDC said the illnesses began between Feb. 4 and April 24.

The agency linked the outbreak to chicks, ducklings and other live baby poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio. CDC said Mt. Healthy Hatcheries has been linked to multiple outbreaks of Salmonella in the past, including 2012 and 2013. The hatchery sells birds to many different retailers, CDC noted.

"This hatchery uses multiple source flocks to obtain eggs and chicks, so it is unclear at this time where the contamination originated," the CDC said in a health alert. "Public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials continue to work with this hatchery and have made recommendations for improvement. This hatchery is a member of the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan, a program that is intended to eliminate certain strains of Salmonella that cause illness in poultry breeding flocks and hatcheries, but does not certify that these live poultry are free from other strains of Salmonella that may cause human illness."

The CDC is advising consumers to always wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where poultry may live. Additionally, adults should supervise hand washing for young children.
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