Backyard poultry contact linked to more than 200 Salmonella illnesses in 2022

The CDC reported that by June 11, 2022, 219 illnesses had been reported from 38 states, and 27 people had been hospitalized. One in four sick people is children younger than 5 years. One death has been reported from Tennessee. The actual 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. These outbreaks occur annually and coincide with the increase in baby poultry purchases, beginning in the spring. Last year in 2021, a total of 1,135 people got sick from contact with backyard poultry. Last year by May 2021, 163 people were infected with one of the outbreak strains reported from 43 states. 34 people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. As of June 23, 2020, 465 people infected with Salmonella have been reported from 42 states. One death in Oklahoma has been reported. Similar numbers were seen in 2019 and 2018. @


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