U.S.: More than 300 new Salmonella illnesses reported in outbreaks linked to backyard poultry
Since the last update on May 20, an additional 311 illnesses have been reported. A total of 474 sick people have been reported from 46 states.
103 people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Indiana.
The true number of sick people is likely much higher than the reported number, as many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella.
One-third of sick people are young children under 5 years.
Interviews with sick people show that contact with backyard poultry is the likely source of the outbreaks.
Backyard poultry can carry Salmonella germs even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread in areas where the poultry live and roam.
Whether you are building your first coop or are a seasoned backyard poultry owner, know the risks of keeping poultry and the steps you can take to stay healthy. ■