Salmonella Outbreak Reaches Wyoming

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Photo of Salmonella organism courtesy of Wikipedia.
Photo of Salmonella organism courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Wyoming Department of Health is tracing a known outbreak of salmonella in live baby chickens.

At least three infected chicks have been brought into the state, and are suspected to be linked to a nationwide outbreak of the illness, which is more frequently associated with contaminated foods.

Health Department spokesperson, Kim Deti, say cases of Salmonella were confirmed in Campbell, Weston, and Freemont Counties, with an additionalr probable case in Campbell County. The Centers for Disease Control has a webpage tracing the outbreak, which can be viewed here.

Foodbourne Disease Epidemiologist, Kelly Weidenbach, says baby chicks, ducklings and other live poultry can appear to be healthy but still carry the harmful bacteria, which can cause both mild and severe illness in people.

Weidenbach said the spread of the disease can be curbed by thorough hand washing after handling live birds. Also, people should avoid living or preparing food in close proximity to the birds.

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