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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

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

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

Salmonella Strains Linked to Live Poultry Sicken 344 People in 42 States

As of Sept. 23, 344 people in 42 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened by one of three outbreak strains of Salmonella linked to contact with live poultry, according to the latest update released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No deaths have been reported, although 32 percent of those… Continue Reading

Salmonella Cases from Live Poultry Nearly Double

At least 251 people in 37 states have become ill with one of three strains of Salmonella in connection with live chicks and ducklings sold by Cincinnati-based Mt. Healthy Hatcheries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is nearly double the 126 cases reported last month. Of the 251 people… Continue Reading

Live Poultry Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 224

An ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium from baby chicks and ducklings has now sickened at least 224 people across 34 states, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those ill, 26 percent have been hospitalized and 62 percent are children 10 years old or younger. Investigators have… Continue Reading

CDC: 3 Multistate Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Live Poultry

Federal and state health officials are currently investigating three multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections all linked to contact with chicks, ducklings and other live poultry, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the past week, health departments in four states — Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico and South Dakota — have announced… Continue Reading

NM Adds 7 Cases to Multistate Salmonella Live Poultry Outbreak

The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed seven Salmonella illnesses associated with live chicks and ducklings that appear to be connected to a multistate outbreak under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this week, South Dakota and Minnesota confirmed four and three illnesses in the outbreak, respectively. Another six… Continue Reading