NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two people are dead and 768 are suffering from a nationwide salmonella outbreak.
The CDC has recently published updates on two different outbreaks – one related to contact with poultry in backyard herds and one related to contact with pig ears treats.
According to the latest CDC report, 48 countries are currently affected by the outbreak, 122 of which are hospitalized. Two deaths were reported, one in Texas and one in Ohio.
Since 2000, more than 75 outbreaks of Salmonella infections have been linked to contact with backyard poultry.
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In Tennessee, 55 people have become ill. The only other state reporting more cases is Ohio with 62 illnesses.
According to the CDC, 24% of respondents who fell ill are children under 5 years old.
For safety reasons, the CDC recommends the following:
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching poultry or anything around. Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
Do not leave backyard poultry in the house. Be especially careful not to store them in areas where food or drinks are being prepared, served or stored, such as: B. in kitchens or terraces.
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