August 3, 2020


Backyard poultry linked to salmonella outbreak in multiple US states


Backyard poultry has been blamed for a recent salmonella outbreak that struck 48 states in the United States and infected over 900 people by late July, CNN reported.

This year's outbreak of the diseases has in fact sickened people compared to previous outbreaks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this time last year, 768 people were ill in 48 states, though two people had died, the CDC reported in July 2019.

Based on interviews conducted by public health officials, 74% of the over 400 people questioned who fell ill with salmonella said they'd had contact with chicks and ducklings.

Since the first illness was reported in January, the CDC said it has identified 15 multi-state outbreaks. So far, three of them, found in Kentucky and Oregon, have been linked to poultry and their coops.

The CDC didn't speculate why more people have been infected in 2020 than in years past. Its timeline of reported cases shows that cases began to spike toward the end of March.

Cases typically spike in spring when poultry farming is most popular, the CDC said.