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Another Salmonella Hatchery Outbreak: 37 Ill in 11 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 37 people in 11 states have reportedly been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Hadar.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (2), California (1), Colorado (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (2), Oregon (5), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Utah (5), Washington (9), and Wyoming (2).

Of those known to be sick, eight have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Health authorities said 37 percent of those sickened are children 10 years of age or younger.

“Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with live poultry from Hatchery B in Idaho,” said CDC in a release Monday. “Mail-order hatcheries, agricultural feed stores, and others that sell or display chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health-related information to owners and potential purchasers of these birds prior to the point of purchase. This should include information about the risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a rolling outbreak linked to three different strains of Salmonella. According to recent CDC updates 144 people in 26 states are involved in that outbreak, which has been tied to an Ohio hatchery.

Similarly, 36 percent of those known to be sick were reported to be 10 years of age or younger.

In late June, CDC announced a separate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to a Missouri hatchery that has sickened 66 in 20 states. Health officials said 35 percent of those known to be sick were 10 years of age or younger.

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