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Make Mine Chocolate, others seek to make Easter safer for all

Public health officials join animal welfare groups in discouraging live animals as Easter gifts

Public health officials warn against it. Animal welfare groups are opposed to it. Year after year it causes hundreds of human illnesses and agonizing deaths for baby chicks, ducks and rabbits. But every spring the practice is resurrected. Giving live animals as Easter gifts has been a tradition for decades, but for the 15th year,… Continue Reading

Record case counts from live poultry spur renewed warning

Reporting a record year for human illnesses linked to live poultry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrapped up its investigation this week of eight Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened 895 people across 48 states. That’s more than double the 324 case count in June when the CDC initially announced the outbreaks. The first… Continue Reading

More than 600 sick in 45 states because of poultry pets

Salmonella traced to backyard flocks and pet chicks and ducklings continues to claim victims, with public health officials now tracking eight outbreaks across 45 states. Since the outbreaks were reported on June 2, there have been 287 confirmed cases added, bringing the total to 611 people sickened, according to an update this week from the… Continue Reading

34 Sickened in Canadian Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicks From Alberta Hatchery

An investigation is underway in Canada to figure out the source of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to live chicks from an Alberta hatchery. According to news reports, the outbreak has so far sickened 34 people in three provinces. The Public Health Agency of Canada is not releasing the name of the hatchery, which is… Continue Reading

Hatching Season for Baby Birds Prompts Annual Salmonella Warnings

The time of year has arrived for baby chicks and ducklings to hatch out into the world, bringing with them annual warnings to help protect against the risk of Salmonella infection. Every year, multiple outbreaks of Salmonella from newborn birds are estimated to sicken thousands of Americans. In the past three years alone, more than 1,200 laboratory-confirmed cases… Continue Reading