Two dead and 768 people sick in 48 states of salmonella outbreak linked to poultry in the backyard, CDC report reveals
- So far, 768 people have been sick and 122 people have been hospitalized
- Two people – one from Ohio and another from Texas – have died
- The CDC says it believes the cause of the outbreak is likely to be & # 39; backyard poultry from multiple hatcheries & # 39; is
- In interviews, 237 people said they had recently come into contact with chickens and chicks
A multi-state salmonella outbreak has made 768 people sick and left two dead, a new report has revealed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most infections have been associated with poultry in the backyard, particularly chickens and chicks.
In interviews with 315 sick people, 75 percent said they had recently been in contact with live poultry before they became ill, researchers found.
So far, 122 people have been admitted to 48 states. The two deaths occurred in Ohio and Texas.
An outbreak of salmonella related to backyard chickens and chicks in 48 states has made 768 people sick and left two dead (file image)
Salmonella infections occur after eating raw meat and eggs or food contaminated with the bacteria.
Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that usually last between four and seven days.
According to the CDC, salmonella is the cause of 1.2 million diseases, 23,000 hospital admissions and 450 deaths a year in the US.
Most people can recover without treatment, although there are cases where antibiotics or IV fluids are needed.
The CDC says that 768 people have reported illnesses in 48 states, with Alaska and Delaware being the only states where no cases have been reported.
Diseases range from January 1, 2019 to July 6, 2019 with ages between less than one year old and 99 years old.
In interviews with 315 people who fell ill, 237 – or 75 percent – said they had been in contact with chicks or ducks.
Therefore, the CDC believes that the cause of the outbreak is likely to be & # 39; backyard poultry from multiple hatcheries & # 39; is.
Although people can keep their pens clean, health officials say it is possible to get sick after coming into contact with harmful bacteria, including salmonella, on the feathers, feet and beaks of live poultry.
About a quarter of the reported diseases occur in children aged five or younger.
The CDC has not done a recall for chicken products, but encourages consumers to take safety measures to prevent infections. This includes washing hands, cutting boards, counters and kitchen utensils with hot water and soap after handling raw meat.
The CDC says that more than 75 salmonella outbreaks have been associated with poultry in the backyard since 2000.
Just two months ago, the health agency implored Americans not to & # 39; kiss and hug chickens & # 39; due to an outbreak of salmonella.
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