Eight Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks
CDC, multiple states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) are investigating eight separate multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.
- In the eight outbreaks, 611 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella were reported from 45 states.
- Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 4, 2016 to June 25, 2016.
- 138 ill people were hospitalized, and one death was reported. Salmonella infection was not considered to be a cause of death.
- 195 (32%) ill people were children 5 years of age or younger.
Epidemiologic, trace back, and laboratory findings have linked the eight outbreaks to contact with live poultry such as chicks and ducklings sourced from multiple hatcheries. Regardless of where they were purchased, all live poultry can carry Salmonella bacteria, even if they look healthy and clean. These outbreaks are a reminder to follow steps to enjoy your backyard flock and keep your family healthy.
- Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where the birds live and roam.
- Do not let live poultry inside the house.
- Do not let children younger than 5 years of age handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry without adult supervision.
These outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months since flock owners might be unaware of the risk of Salmonella infection from live poultry or participate in risky behaviors that can result in infection.
At A Glance
- Case Count: 611
- States: 45
- Hospitalizations: 138