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CDC: Chicks, ducklings culprits in national salmonella outbreak, 11 cases reported in Texas

Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry, CDC says

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SAN ANTONIO – At least a dozen cases of salmonella have been reported in Texas and over 370 cases have been reported nationally, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Thursday, the CDC announced a salmonella outbreak affecting 47 states and 372 individuals. The CDC said the outbreak is linked to live poultry in backyard flocks. 

According to the report, 36 percent of those who became ill were children under the age of 5. Many of those affected told investigators they purchased live baby poultry from several sources such as feed supply stores, websites and even from relatives.

While ducks and chicks may be adorable pets, the CDC says the animals can carry salmonella bacteria.

The report states a record number of salmonella cases linked to contact with backyard poultry were reported in 2016. 

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the CDC. Most people recover from salmonella without treatment, but in some cases the diarrhea can become severe to require hospitalization.

More information on the multistate outbreak can be found HERE.

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