CDC: Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry

(HealthDay)—Backyard flocks of live poultry have been linked with Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened 52 people in 21 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Five people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. Children younger than 5 years account for about one-fourth of the cases of illness.

People who got sick reported getting chicks and ducklings from places such as agricultural stores, websites, and hatcheries. People can get sick from Salmonella by touching live poultry or their environment. Birds that carry the bacteria can appear healthy and clean, the CDC said.

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