CDC Investigate 10 Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks

Backyard Flocks
People infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella, by state of residence, as of August 11, 2017 (n=961) (Source: CDC)

Atlanta, GA—(ENEWSPF)—August 21, 2017. Since the last update on July 13, 2017, 172 more ill people have been reported. The most recent illness began on July 31, 2017.

CDC and multiple states are investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.

These outbreaks are caused by several DNA fingerprints of different Salmonella bacteria: Salmonella Braenderup, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i-, Salmonella Indiana, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Litchfield, Salmonella Mbandaka, Salmonella Muenchen, and Salmonella Typhimurium.

  • The outbreak strains of Salmonella have infected a reported 961 people in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 4, 2017 to July 31, 2017.
  • 215 ill people have been hospitalized. One death has been reported.
  • Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory findings link the 10 outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries.
  • In interviews, 498 (74%) of 672 ill people reported contact with live poultry in the week before illness started.

Contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and clean, with no sign of illness.

State Number of Cases
Alabama 25
Arizona 6
Arkansas 9
California 54
Colorado 18
Connecticut 9
DC 1
Florida 43
Georgia 16
Hawaii 1
Idaho 10
Illinois 38
Indiana 7
Iowa 20
Kansas 13
Kentucky 39
Louisiana 15
Maine 3
Maryland 7
Massachusetts 7
Michigan 29
Minnesota 29
Mississippi 12
Missouri 28
Montana 18
Nebraska 16
Nevada 3
New Hampshire 7
New Jersey 3
New Mexico 14
New York 29
North Carolina 45
North Dakota 2
Ohio 50
Oklahoma 8
Oregon 20
Pennsylvania 26
Rhode Island 8
South Carolina 14
South Dakota 6
Tennessee 43
Texas 38
Utah 29
Vermont 14
Virginia 56
Washington 22
West Virginia 17
Wisconsin 24
Wyoming 10
Total 961

Additional information can be found here. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/live-poultry-06-17/index.html

Source: http://cdc.gov