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CDC warns of multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry, including Utah

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that public health officials are investigating salmonella outbreaks in several states linked to contact with backyard poultry.

The CDC said 109 people from 29 states, including one from Utah, became ill from salmonella after touching or caring for backyard poultry such as chickens and ducks.

The states with the highest number of cases are Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma.

No deaths were reported while 33 people were hospitalized.

The actual number of sick people is likely much higher than the number reported because many recover without medical care and are not tested for salmonella, the CDC said.

In this outbreak, 43% of those infected are under the age of 5, the CDC said.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, but children under 5 years old may suffer more serious illnesses requiring medical treatment or hospitalization.

The health agency advised people to wash their hands with soap and water immediately after touching backyard poultry, their eggs or anything in the area where they live and travel.

The CDC also advised stores selling backyard poultry to clean and disinfect poultry display areas and to source from hatcheries that take steps to reduce salmonella contamination.

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