The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registered 287 confirmed cases of Salmonella from June 2nd due to infected poultry.
The total number of cases is 611 consisting of eight outbreaks throughout 45 states. More than 138 outbreak victims were hospitalized since January 4th when the outbreak started.
Many flock owners are still oblivious to the fact that their flocks might carry Salmonella. Experts expect that the outbreak will continue for at least several months.
When they were interviewed, 434 sick people of 493 admitted that they had been in contact with poultry before they were infected including ducklings, ducks, chickens, and chicks.
These outbreaks are highly concerning because of the staggering number of reported cases. Even if health officials discovered that the source of these outbreaks originates from poultry, the infection is already widely spread.
There are many farms throughout the 45 states where Salmonella has spread, and many owners are not aware that their flocks might be infected, meaning that they can get sick and contribute to the infection by distributing the infected poultry to customers.
Some victims reported that before getting sick, they bought baby poultry from various suppliers including friends from multiple states, hatcheries, internet sites, and feed supply stores.
According to the CDC reports, laboratory, trace-back, and epidemiologic findings revealed the connection between the eight outbreaks with ducklings, chicks, and other live poultry from several hatcheries.
Experts warn people that despite the fact that chicks might look clean or healthy, all might carry Salmonella, so there is still the risk of infection. CDC health officials strongly recommend people to follow a set of safety guidelines to reduce the risks of infection significantly.
It is highly important that people, especially bird owners, must wash their hands thoroughly with water and antibacterial soap after touching live poultry or any object from an area where birds usually live.
Also, birds must not be allowed inside a house because people will most likely get infected with Salmonella if the bird is carrying it.
Children, especially those under five years, must be prevented from getting close to living poultry. They must not be allowed to touch these birds, especially without being supervised by an adult. Scientists will double their efforts to find a better strategy to deal with these outbreaks and to make sure that people will no longer get sick.
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