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Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 11:40 PM
— The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella cases in several states.
The CDC has linked the infections to contact with backyard poultry, namely chickens and ducklings.
So far, 52 people in 21 states have been infected, the CDC announced. Of those 52, 28% are children younger than 5. Five people have been hospitalized, the CDC said.
So far, infections have been found in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
In interviews, people said they got their chicks and ducklings from agricultural stores, websites and hatcheries.
There are many ways people can be infected by fowl.
Poultry might have salmonella germs in their droppings, and on their feathers, feet and beaks, even when they appear healthy and clean, the CDC states on its website. The germs can get on cages, coops, feed and water dishes, hay, plants, and soil. Germs also can get on the hands, shoes and clothes of people who handle or care for poultry.
Infection can be prevented, however. The CDC recommends the following safety tips: