As of July 13, 212 people in 44 states had been infected with the outbreak strains of salmonella, the department said in an outbreak advisory. About one million of those illnesses come from food contaminated with salmonella. The bread was sold in stores in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and SC.
Those who are sick in this latest outbreak told federal health investigators their chicks and ducklings came from multiple sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from other people.
The infections, which began in February of this year, have led to 34 people being hospitalized. Symptoms of an Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
"People can get sick with salmonella infections from touching live poultry or their environment", the advisory stated. In total, those outbreaks have resulted in 4,794 illnesses, 894 hospitalizations, and seven deaths. More than 70 percent of ill people interviewed reported having contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started. More than a quarter of those stricken were under the age of 5, according to the CDC. If you had stored these products in a seperate container, wash them thoroughly with hot water and antibacterial soap.
If you're really loving your backyard chickens and all those fresh eggs, you might be giving your flock a little bit of extra attention - and some snuggles and kisses.
To avoid tracking the bacteria elsewhere, use a separate pair of shoes for taking care of the chickens and don't wear them inside your home.