Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry

Source: CDC 1 August, 2020

As of July 28, 2020, 938 people infected with one of the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 48 states part of at least 15 multistate outbreaks tied to backyard birds, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Among people the CDC has information for, 151 people have been hospitalized, and one death has been recorded in Oklahoma. Approximately 28% of ill people are children younger than 5 years.
Illnesses started on dates from Jan 14 to Jul 14. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 94 years, with a median age of 32.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence shows that contact with backyard poultry (such as chicks and ducklings) is the likely source of these outbreaks.