Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry from Privett Hatchery in New Mexico
A Portales, New Mexico business has been identified the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 316 people in 37 states, according to the New Mexico Department of Health today.
The company, Privett Hatchery, supplies baby chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry to feed stores and mail order customers nationwide.
The N.M. Scientific Laboratory Division has identified the strain of Salmonella (S. Typhimurium) found in an environmental sample taken at a New Mexico poultry hatchery that matches the strain found in a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella in people.
Health officials say no deaths have been reported, but at least 51 people have been hospitalized.
The owners of Privett Hatchery are fully cooperating with the New Mexico Department of Health, CDC, and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to address this outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that contact with live poultry can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Poultry typically appear healthy and clean but can be carrying Salmonella germs that can make people sick.
Many ill persons in this outbreak reported bringing live poultry into their homes or reported kissing or cuddling with the birds. These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.
Always wash 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.
Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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