Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

CDC: multi-state Salmonella outbreaks are linked to 768 cases, 2 deaths

27 July, 2019

A total of 768 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 48 states. Since June 13, 2019, illnesses in an additional 489 people and eight states have been added to this investigation.
122 (29%) people have been hospitalized and two deaths have been reported, one from Texas and one from Ohio.
156 (24%) illnesses occurred among children younger than 5 years.Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries are the likely source of these outbreaks.
In interviews, 237 (75%) of 315 ill people reported contact with chicks or ducklings. People reported getting chicks and ducklings from several sources, including agricultural stores, websites, and hatcheries. Five of the outbreak strains making people sick have been identified in samples collected from backyard poultry environments in four states. The sampling was from backyard poultry environments in ill people’s homes in California and Ohio and from poultry environments at retail stores in Michigan and Oregon.
Backyard poultry from multiple hatcheries are the likely source of these outbreaks.
Different salmonella serotypes are invovlved: serotypes Agona, Alachua, Anatum, Braenderup, Enteritidis, Infantis, Manhattan, Montevideo, Muenchen, Newport, and Oranienburg.