ATLANTA – A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Lille appears to be over, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.
A total of 195 people across 27 states were infected with the outbreak strains, CDC said. Two people died — one in New York and one in Maryland — but CDC said it is unclear whether Salmonella infection contributed to either of the deaths. Of the total, 34 percent of ill persons were hospitalized, and 33 percent of ill persons were children ages 10 or younger, according to CDC.
The agency said epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings linked the outbreak strains to contact with chicks, ducklings and other live poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. CDC said the owners of the mail-order hatchery are working closely with public health and agriculture officials to address the outbreak.
The company is a participant in the US Department of Agriculture's National Poultry Improvement Plan program, which endeavors to eliminate certain strains of Salmonella that cause illness in poultry breeding flocks and hatcheries. However the program does not certify that these poultry are free from other strains of Salmonella, CDC said.