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CDC Reports on Salmonellosis from Backyard Poultry

06/24/2020

In an investigative Report released on Wednesday June 24th The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on 368 confirmed incident cases of salmonellosis associated with backyard poultry since May 20th 2020, in a continuing series totaling 465 diagnoses. Thirty-six percent (86) patients required hospitalization and one fatality was recorded. As with other outbreaks of salmonellosis associated with backyard chickens a noteworthy proportion of cases investigated (31 percent) were children under 5 years old. 

 

Reports were obtained from 42 states. Chicks and ducklings were ordered on-line from small hatcheries or were purchased from feed and supply stores. 

 

Despite CDC and state extension service pamphlets and web guidance on prevention of Salmonella infection, backyard flocks continue to affect owners and their children