Multistate SALMONELLA outbreak traced to OHIO hatchery ~ RABID FERAL CAT attacks three people in PENNSYLVANIA.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National 05/09/14 Media Release – As of May 7, 2014, a total of 60 persons infected with Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 23 states. At least 31% of the people stricken have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported. An investigation has traced the outbreak to chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio, a mail-order hatchery that was also associated with Salmonella infections in 2012 and 2013. The number of ill persons identified in this latest outbreak in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), Arkansas (1), California (1), Colorado (2), Georgia (2), Idaho (2), Indiana (1), Kentucky (6), Maine (1), Maryland (2), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (1), New York (6), North Carolina (3), Ohio (6), Pennsylvania (8), Tennessee (3), Utah (1), Vermont (3), Virginia (3), Washington (1), and West Virginia (4).

77793947.45Contact with live poultry can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Many ill persons in this outbreak reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry. These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry. People can get sick even if they do not have direct contact with the live poultry, but touch items and places that have been contaminated in the poultry’s environment. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Adults should supervise hand washing for young children. These recommendations are important and apply to all live poultry regardless of the age of the birds or where they were purchased. – For complete release and other relative information see


imagesPennsylvania 05/10/14 Allegheny County: A feral cat that attacked a woman, her 3-year-old daughter and 3-year-old nephew on May 9th at their Royal Street home in the Spring Hill section of Pittsburgh has tested positive for rabies. The woman was scratched and bitten on her legs, her daughter was bitten on her arm, and her nephew was bitten on his leg and hip. All three had deep puncture wounds. The Health Department is urging anyone who might have been in contact with the animal, described as white with one blue eye and one green eye, should seek immediate medical advice. – See


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