Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cincinnati Area Hatchery

An outbreak of salmonella across twenty-three states has been linked to a hatchery located in the Cincinnati area.

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention has linked this outbreak of human Salmonella Infantis and Salmonella Newport infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio.

In all, sixty people have been afflicted with two strains of salmonella, including six in Kentucky. 82% of the ill reported contact with live poultry the week before their illness began and a CDC investigation of live baby poultry from homes of the ill identified Mt. Healthy Hatcheries as the source of chicks and ducklings.

The CDC said the mail-order hatchery was associated with multiple previous salmonella outbreaks in 2012 and 2013.

According to the CDC, many of the ill reported that they had brought live poultry into their homes and some report kissing or cuddling with the live poultry. "These behaviors increase a person's risk of a salmonella infection from contact with live poultry. People can get sick even if they do not have direct contact with the live poultry, but touch items and places that have been contaminated in the poultry's environment," the CDC said. "Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam."

Mt. Healthy Hatcheries released a statement on the matter, WLWT reported: “Because we work with many suppliers of hatching eggs and chicks, disease prevention is a top priority. Our hatcheries are working with USDA on a voluntary Salmonella reduction program, we have increased biosecurity measures, and we are continuing to obtain counsel from an outside expert to reduce the risks of Salmonella," the statement said. “We are committed to providing safe, healthy chicks for our customers."

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