CDC: Two Salmonella Outbreaks Investigated

Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg linked to one mail-order hatchery

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Two outbreaks of Salmonella infections, Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg, have been linked to chicks and ducklings from a single mail-order hatchery, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The collaborative investigative effort from state, local, and federal public health and agriculture officials identified 65 individuals from 20 states infected with Salmonella Altona. Forty-one of 54 sick individuals from the Salmonella Altona outbreak reported contact with live poultry before becoming sick.

In addition, 27 individuals from 15 states were infected with Salmonella Johannesburg. Seventeen of 24 sick individuals from the Salmonella Johannesburg outbreak reported contact with live poultry prior to becoming sick. The source of both outbreaks appears to be from one mail-order hatchery in Ohio.

According to the CDC, "Consumers are advised to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Adults should supervise hand washing for young children."

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