Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states sickened more than 300 people in the first four months of this year and are ongoing. All the outbreaks are being blamed on live poultry from “backyard flocks.”
Public health officials from local to federal levels, along with veterinary and agriculture officials across the country are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on the outbreak investigations, according to an announcement Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Of 238 patients interviewed so far, 91 percent of them — 217 — reported having contact with live poultry in the week before their symptoms began.
“Ill people reported purchasing live baby poultry from several different suppliers, including feed supply stores, co-ops, hatcheries and friends in multiple states,” the CDC reported.....
This is why you should always quarantine new poultry and only purchase chicks from reputable hatcheries. .
Edited by chickengeorgeto - 6/5/16 at 4:57pm