By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an additional 235 Salmonella cases in the past month to the investigation several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with backyard poultry.
As of August 23, 2019, a total of 1003 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 49 states.
Of 605 people with information available, 175 (29%) have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported.
The multiple multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections this year include serotypes Agona, Alachua, Altona, Anatum, Braenderup, Enteritidis, Infantis, Manhattan, Montevideo, Muenchen, Newport, and Oranienburg linked to contact with backyard poultry.
Salmonella serotype Altona was added to the investigation this past month.
Whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis of 149 bacterial isolates from ill people predicted antibiotic resistance or decreased susceptibility to one or more of the following drugs: amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, ampicillin, azithromycin, cefoxitin, ceftriaxone, chloramphenicol, ciprofloxacin, fosfomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
Backyard poultry from multiple hatcheries are the likely source of these outbreaks. Regardless of where poultry are purchased, they can carry Salmonella germs that can make people sick.
The investigation is ongoing.