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2012 Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry

As of June 7, 2012 a total of 123 persons residing in 25 states are reported to be infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Lille. Among the persons who reported the date they became ill, illnesses began between March 1, 2012 and May 22, 2012. Infected individuals range in age from less than 1 year old to 100 years old. Thirty six percent are 10 years of age or younger. Among 68 ill persons with available information, 26 (38%) have been hospitalized. One death possibly related to this outbreak is under investigation. Fifty-seven (86%) of 66 ill persons interviewed reported contact with live chicks and ducklings before becoming ill. Forty two (100%) of 42 ill persons with available vendor information reported purchasing chicks and ducklings. Ill persons reported purchasing live poultry for backyard flocks to produce eggs or meat, or to keep as pets. State health departments have tested chick and duckling samples collected from ill persons' homes. Four chick and duckling samples from different homes in Ohio and New York yielded the outbreak strains of Salmonella. Findings of multiple traceback investigations of live chicks and ducklings from homes of ill persons have identified a single mail-order hatchery in Ohio as the source of these chicks and ducklings. This same mail-order hatchery was associated with a 2011 outbreak of Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg infections. The hatchery has been identified as Mt. Healthy Hatchery located in Ohio.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • live poultry
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Mt. Healthy Hatchery
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 123
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 26
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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