The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Hadar reported in 28 states. There has been a total of 97 people infected with the outbreak strain. Seventeen people — representing more than a third of those with information available — have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC’s outbreak notice. Thirty percent of the people infected with the strain are children younger than 5 years of age. Epidemiologic evidence shows that contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, is the likely source of this outbreak. In interviews with patients, 86 percent reported contact with chicks and ducklings. The infected people reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including agricultural stores, websites and hatcheries.

 

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