USA – Backyard Chickens hospitalize 273 and kill 2 with Salmonella – 1,135 sick in 2021 including 268 under the age of 5

Food Poison Journal

Salmonella Campylobacter

CDC: This year’s investigation of outbreaks linked to backyard poultry is over. However, any backyard poultry can carry Salmonella germs that can make you sick. Always take steps to stay healthy around your flock.

CDC and public health officials in several states investigated multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections with serotypes of Enteritidis, Hadar, Indiana, Infantis, Mbandaka, and Muenchen.

Epidemiologic and laboratory data showed that contact with backyard poultry made people sick.

A total of 1,135 people infected with one of the outbreak strains were reported from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The true number of sick people in these outbreaks was likely much higher than the number reported, and these outbreaks may not have been limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella.

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