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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 13, 2016

Salmonella in Backyard Poultry

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JAMA. 2016;316(10):1036. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12216

Eight Salmonella outbreaks that began last January have been linked with poultry such as chicks and ducklings that were kept in backyard flocks. By mid-July, 611 people in 45 states had become ill. The CDC cautioned that the outbreaks will likely continue for several months before people recognize the health risks from seemingly healthy poultry kept as pets or for eggs.

Of 496 outbreak patients for whom information was available, 28% were hospitalized and 1 died, although Salmonella was not the cause of death. Children aged 5 years or younger accounted for 32% of the cases (

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