Two Dead, 768 Sick Due To Salmonella Outbreak

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Two people are dead and 768 are sick due to a Salmonella outbreak, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recently posted updates regarding two separate Salmonella outbreaks, one linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks and one linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.

According to the latest CDC report, the outbreak now involves 48 states with 768 people affected, 122 of them being hospitalized. Two deaths were reported, one in Texas and one in Ohio.

The CDC says 24% of those who became sick were children under the age of 5.

The CDC advises:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching poultry or anything in their environment. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not immediately available.
  • Do not let backyard poultry inside the house. Be especially careful to keep them out of areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens and outdoor patios.