June 10, 2011

USDA to investigate salmonella outbreak in Ohio

USDA officials havewarned Ohioans to take precautions with live poultry after a multistate Salmonellaoutbreak.

According to the ODH, eight cases of the illness have been reported in the state, and are in association with chicks and/or ducklings being purchased from agriculture supply stores sourced from the Ohio-based company, Mt. Healthy Hatchery.


With the confirmed reports of Salmonella, health officials are asking agricultural outlets to use caution.


"I encourage anyone who purchases baby chickens or ducklings to use caution when handling the birds and to always thoroughly wash their hands after touching them," said ODH Director Ted Wymyslo.


The ODH said because the outbreak is nationwide, agricultural businesses are working with state and federal officials to stop additional persons from becoming ill.


So far in Ohio, cases have been reported in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Licking, Medina and Wood counties. The affected individuals have ranged in age from three months to 76-years-old.


It has been confirmed that the source of the Salmonella outbreak originated from chicks belonging to one of the ill Ohioans.


The Ohio Departments of Health and Agriculture are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan, and local health departments to control the outbreak.

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