Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)reported a spike of Salmonellaillnesses connected to backyard poultry, including two deaths, and a multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella outbreak tied to pig ear dog treats has grown by 48 infections, to 93 total.

Almost 500 cases tied to live poultry

As of Jul 12, a total of 768 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 48 states, an increase of 489 people and 8 states from the last update posted in June. Of 419 case-patients with available information, 122 (29%) have been hospitalized, and patients in Ohio and Texas have died from their infections.

Almost one quarter (24%) of the infections are in children under the age of 5 years, and 237 (75%) of 315 ill people reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the weeks prior to symptom onset.

“Backyard poultry from multiple hatcheries are the likely source of these outbreaks. Regardless of where poultry are purchased, they can carry Salmonella germs that can make people sick,” the CDC said.

So far infections with Salmonellaserotypes Agona, Alachua, Anatum, Braenderup, Enteritidis, Infantis, Manhattan, Montevideo, Muenchen, Newport, and Oranienburg have been linked to contact with backyard poultry.

Ohio has the most cases, with 62, followed by Tennessee (55), and Texas and Virginia (both with 39).

Credit: Janice Haney Carr CDC

Resistant strain tied to dog treats

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See also:

Jul 19 CDC poultry update

Jul 17 CDC pig ear update