The CDC has posted updates regarding a multi-state, including Maine, Salmonella illness outbreak, connected to poultry in backyard flocks, also be aware that pig ear dog treats are causing a separate but growing outbreak.

  • There have been 768 ill people reported from 48 states, including 122 people who have been hospitalized.
  • Two deaths have been reported; one in Ohio and one in Texas.
  • We usually see an increase in Salmonella infection linked to live poultry in the spring and summer when more people are purchasing chicks, ducklings and other live poultry. Since 2000, more than 75 outbreaks of Salmonella infections have been linked to contact with backyard poultry
  • The people who got sick reported getting chicks and ducklings from places such as agricultural stores, websites, and hatcheries.
  • People can get sick from Salmonella after touching poultry or their environment. Birds carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean. So be careful going to the poultry house when going to the local fairs.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching poultry or anything in their environment. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not immediately available.
  • Do not let backyard poultry inside the house. Be especially careful to keep them out of areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens and outdoor patios.

About Salmonella:

 Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.

  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • See your healthcare provider if you are concerned about symptoms, such as a high fever (temperature over 102˚F), blood in your poop, diarrhea, or frequent vomiting that prevents keeping liquid down.
  • More information on pet food safety can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/publications/pet-food-safety.html.