A total of 98 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Lille, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Mbandaka have been reported from 21 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (3), California (2), Connecticut (3), Illinois (2), Kentucky (4), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (5), Minnesota (3), Mississippi (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (2), New York (8), North Carolina (5), Ohio (17), Pennsylvania (7), Tennessee (9), Virginia (3), Vermont (2), West Virginia (13), and Wisconsin (5). 27% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. 44% of ill persons are children 10 years of age or younger.
Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Lille, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Mbandaka infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio.
Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Do not let live poultry inside the house. These recommendations are important and apply to all live poultry, regardless of the age of the birds or where they were purchased.
Mail-order hatcheries, agricultural feed stores, and others that sell or display chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health-related information to owners and potential purchasers of these birds prior to the point of purchase. This should include information about the risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.
Additional information available at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/live-poultry-04–13/index.html
(US CDC 6/4/2013)