An outbreak of salmonella poisoning, sickening more than 250 people in 32 states, appears to have been linked to an Ohio live poultry hatchery, the Mt. Healthy Hatchery.Reports of illness have been recorded from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The CDC’s investigation indicated that 80% of ill people with certain strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar infection reported coming in contact with live poultry in the week before their illness began. The investigation also determined that 90% of the individuals hospitalized reported purchasing live baby poultry from five different feed or farm stores companies in multiple states to whom Mt. Healthy Hatcheries distributes.
The live poultry Salmonella outbreak was first noticed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) on May 8, after reports were received involving at least 60 reports of visitors to the hatchery becoming ill from 23 states.