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2014 Salmonella Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks

In May 2014 the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis or Salmonella Newport linked to live poultry in backyard flocks. On October 21, 2014 the CDC declared the outbreak over. The number of outbreak associated cases was 363 persons reported by 43 states and Puerto Rico. Among the persons who reported the date they became ill, illnesses began between February 4, 2014 and September 27, 2014. Among 233 ill persons with available information, 76 (33%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. One hundred seventy-four (73%) of 237 ill persons interviewed reported contact with live poultry in the week before symptom onset. Findings of multiple traceback investigations of live baby poultry from homes of ill persons have identified Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio as the source of chicks and ducklings. This is the same mail-order hatchery that has been associated with multiple outbreaks of Salmonella infections in the past including in 2012 and 2013.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2014
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Arizona, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • 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:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 363
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • No
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 76
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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