There have been over 200 people infected with the latest Salmonella poisoning but it has nothing to do with food found at a grocery store. It's in people's backyards.
According to "Food Safety News," among the 212 people infected, 26 percent are children under five years old. The CDC has reportedly found six separate outbreaks across 44 states.
“This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available," CDC wrote in a statement.
Since February 15 through July 13, the CDC has confirmed that the 212 people infected made contact with live poultry, including chickens and ducks. Of the 212 people, 34 have been rushed to the hospital with "severe" symptoms.
“Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory findings link these outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, which come from multiple hatcheries,” according to the CDC.
The CDC interviewed 138 sick people and 100 of them reported having contact with live poultry in recent weeks before becoming sick.
“People reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries, and from relatives," the CDC reported.
At this time, health officials are calling it "backyard flock" outbreak. The following are the six different types of Salmonella infections: Salmonella Seftenberg, Salmonella Montevideo, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Indiana, and SalmonellaLitchfield.
The following are a few safety types to help prevent getting sick:
-Wash your hands after touching live poultry;
-Assist children washing their hands after they have made contact with live poultry;
-Do not allow live poultry to live inside your home (especially around the kitchen or eating areas)
-Do not allow children under age 5 to handle live poultry;
-Do not let your lips or mouth touch live poultry;
-Do not touch your face after touching the birds until you have washed your hands.
While Salmonella is common and treatable, CDC reports that in 2017 there were 450 deaths caused by Salmonella. Please pray for everyone who is sick.