As of July 14, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is actively investigating eight multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. In the eight outbreaks, a total of 611 people have been reported infected with the outbreak strains across 45 states. The following map shows the distribution of the outbreaks by cases reported per state.
To help prevent future outbreaks, the CDC recommends the following steps:
- Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where the birds live and roam.
- Do not let live poultry inside the house.
- Do not let children younger than 5 years of age handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry without adult supervision.