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More Victims in Live Poultry Salmonella Outbreak

Three strains of Salmonella linked to baby chicks and ducklings have sickened 144 people in 26 states, up from the 123 people in 25 states reported in a June 11 outbreak update.

The three types of bacteria – Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Lille –  have been traced to baby poultry from the Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio, which sells chicks and ducklings through mail orders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of people sickened in each state is as follows: Alabama (4), Arizona (1), Delaware (1), Georgia (5), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kansas (1), Kentucky (5), Louisiana (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (16), North Carolina (14), Ohio (37), Pennsylvania (11), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (11), Texas (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (10) and West Virginia (7).

Of these victims, 32 were hospitalized and one person from New York died. It is not clear whether this person’s death was directly related to his or her Salmonella infection.

Thirty-six percent of those sickened are children aged 10 or younger.

Mt. Healthy Hatchery was linked to two other Salmonella outbreaks that sickened 96 people between February and September of 2011.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection appear anywhere from 6 to 72 hours after infection and include diarrhea, fever, nausea and abdominal cramps. In severe cases diarrhea may be bloody or contain mucus. Symptoms usually resolve themselves within about a week.

If you think you may have contracted a Salmonella infection, contact your healthcare provider.

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