NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there are seven, multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella.
A total of 35 states are affected across the country with at least 324 people affected. Sixity-six people have been hospitalized and one has died.
There are 3 cases in Tennessee and 21 in Kentucky. According to the CDC, the start dates on illnesses range from Jan. 4 and May 11, 2016. Eighty-eight percent of those affected are children 5 and younger.
Officials report laboratory findings linked the seven outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings from multiple hatcheries. “Regardless of where they were purchased, all live poultry can carry Salmonella bacteria, even if they look healthy and clean,” the CDC says.
The outbreaks are expected to continue for several months since flock owners might be unaware of the Salmonella risk. People around live poultry are advised to always wash your hands with soap and water right after touching the birds or anywhere where they live and roam.
Do not let live birds inside your home and do not let children under the age of 5 touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry without supervision.
You can read more about the outbreak at CDC.gov.