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March 28, 2012

Salmonella from mail-order hatcheries an ongoing concern

Please sign here for your order of … Salmonella? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35 Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to contact with live poultry from mail-order hatcheries since 1990. Just last summer, two clusters of Salmonella infections sickened almost 100 people in 24 states. One serotype, Salmonella Altona, struck 68 individuals, of whom 32 percent were 5 years old or younger. The other strain – Salmonella Johannesburg, caused 28 illnesses, 71 percent of which were in children 5 and under.

"These outbreaks highlight the ongoing risk for human Salmonella infections associated with live poultry contact, especially for young children," said a CDC report this week. Read More

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