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Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Live Poultry from Missouri Hatchery

At least 66 people have fallen ill in 20 states in a Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to live poultry from a Missouri hatchery, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. Sixteen people have been hospitalized while one infected person in Missouri has died, though Salmonella infection was not considered a contributing factor to the person’s death.

The number ill by state are as follows:

Alaska (1 illness), California (2), Colorado (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (8), Iowa (2), Kansas (10), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (22), Nebraska (5), Nevada (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), South Dakota (1), Vermont (1) and Wyoming (1).

Epidemiological and laboratory evidence have linked this outbreak to Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Missouri.

Illnesses onset dates range from February 28 to June 6, though infections that occurred after May 29 might not have been reported yet, which can take 2 to 3 weeks from the time of infection.

Ages of the victims range from less than one year to 83 years old. Of those with information available, 35 percent are 10 years old or younger and 46 percent are female.

Live poultry, such as baby chicks and ducklings, can transmit Salmonella to humans via direct contact. The CDC advises not to kiss or snuggle live poultry and not to let children handle them. Those who do handle live poultry should wash their hands immediately afterwards.

Earlier this year, the CDC reported on a different Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry from a hatchery in Ohio. As of June 7, 123 people have been sickened in that outbreak.

Graphics courtesy of CDC.

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    Of course.