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Multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to live poultry increases to 224 cases

The number of cases in the multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to live poultry (e.g., chicks, chickens, ducks, ducklings) has increased by 78 cases since the previous update on May 7, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outbreak update June 6.

The current case count is 224 cases in 34 states, which includes at least 37 people who required hospitalization for their infection.

The affected states and the number of cases include Alabama (1), Arizona (5), California (6), Colorado (24), Florida (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (1), Indiana (7), Iowa (5), Kansas (13), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (6), Massachusetts (2), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (4), Missouri (16), Montana (1), Nebraska (10), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (13), New York (15), North Dakota (5), Oklahoma (9), Oregon (10), South Dakota (7), Tennessee (1), Texas (26), Utah (4), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), Washington (17), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (2).

The investigation into this outbreak has linked this outbreak of human Salmonella Typhimurium infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry purchased from multiple feed stores and sourced from multiple mail-order hatcheries.

This outbreak of human Salmonella Typhimurium infections is not related to the current outbreak of human Salmonella Infantis, Lille, Newport, and Mbandaka infections linked to live poultry.

The CDC reminds the public to always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Do not let live poultry inside the house.

In addition, the federal agency mail-order hatcheries, agricultural feed stores, and others that sell or display chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health-related information to owners and potential purchasers of these birds prior to the point of purchase. This should include information about the risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.

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