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Spring chickens have sprung; CDC warns of pathogen dangers

Backyard flocks infected more than 1,100 people across 48 states this past year, killing one person

Baby chick season is upon us. Some say the big question is whether the chicken or the egg came first, but public health pros say a more important question is whether you know the food safety do’s and don’ts involved with backyard flocks. In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more… Continue Reading

EFSA says wild birds spread avian flu to E.U. member states

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says migratory wild birds are spreading avian influenza around the globe. The Parma, Italy-based food safety agency figures migration routes crossing the north-eastern and eastern EU borders are the most likely pathway for avian flu entering the continent. In the United States, experts at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service say… Continue Reading

Number of illnesses from backyard flocks breaks record

It’s been a record year for so-called backyard flocks, and not in a good way. The live poultry are responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in 2017 —  sickening more than 1,100 people across 48 states, killing one. Although federal officials have concluded their investigations of the 10 outbreaks identified so far this year, they warned… Continue Reading

Backyard flock Salmonella victims triple, 1 dead; more expected

So far this year, preschoolers account for a third of the 961 confirmed victims in a Salmonella outbreak that has turned deadly and been traced to backyard poultry flocks. There had already been more confirmed infections related to backyard flocks by Aug. 11 this year than in all of 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The… Continue Reading

Salmonella victims from backyard flocks more than double

The number of people infected this year by Salmonella from contact with so-called backyard poultry flocks has more than doubled since June 1, with 790 victims now confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third of the victims, 31 percent, are children younger than 5 years old. “In interviews, 409 (or… Continue Reading

CDC fowl warning: Hundreds sickened by backyard flocks

More than a third of the 372 people infected with Salmonella from backyard flocks so far this year are children younger than 5 years old, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting eight separate outbreaks across 47 states. “These outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months,” according to a public… 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