CDC investigates multiple Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry: 5 things to know

The CDC is investigating eight multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to poultry kept in the backyards of homes, according to a June 1 update from the CDC.

 Here are five things to know.

1. Health officials identified 372 illnesses caused by Salmonella exposure across 47 states from January 4 to May 13.

2. The illnesses resulted in 71 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported among the infected individuals.

3. Thirty-six percent of those infected were children under five years of age.

4. Several different strains of Salmonella caused the outbreaks, including Salmonella Braenderup, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, and Salmonella Typhimurium, among others.

5. "Contact with live poultry and the areas where they live and roam can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry that look healthy and clean can still carry Salmonella bacteria," said the agency in the update.

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