Backyard flocks specifically targeted for blame
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and multiple state agencies are investigating outbreaks of Salmonella infections across the country. They believe they’ve narrowed the cause to contact with live poultry, particularly among backyard flocks.
People can become ill from touching live poultry or anything in their environment. Often, these animals will show no signs of illness before infecting humans.
Several different types of Salmonella bacteria have sickened people over the course of this outbreak. As of July 23, 212 people across 44 different states have been reported with the relevant strains of bacteria. No deaths have been reported, but there have been 34 hospitalizations as a result. 26 percent of people affected are children under the age of five.
Among those interviewed, almost 75 percent of infected individuals reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the days leading up to their illness.