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CDC report declares salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard poultry.

A RECENT RASH of salmonella outbreaks across 35 states has been linked to backyard poultry flocks, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June.

In investigating seven separate multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections in people from January-May 2016, scientists linked all seven outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings.

Across the seven outbreaks, more than 300 people were infected, 66 were hospitalized and one person died, though the salmonella infection was not considered a contributing factor in the death. More than a quarter of those infected were children 5 years old or younger.

All live poultry can carry salmonella bacteria. CDC recommends people always wash their hands after touching live poultry and not letting children younger than 5 touch live poultry unsupervised. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/ features/salmonellapoultry.

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Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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