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Salmonella infections linked to backyard chicken flocks

Posted at 7:18 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 20:19:37-04

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that Salmonella infections have been linked to backyard chicken flocks in 44 states, including Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin has the second highest number of Salmonella infections in the country related to backyard chicken flocks with 18 since the start of the year. North Carolina leads the way with 27.

The case count map, which was updated as of July 13, shows that Wisconsin’s neighbors Minnesota and Michigan also have high counts of Salmonella cases. 

The CDC says people can get Salmonella by touching live poultry or its environment. 

So far, 34 people have been hospitalized nationwide due to poisoning from touching poultry. No deaths have been reported. 

It comes as a number of snacks and other foods have been recalled or the subject of public warnings due to the possibility of Salmonella poisoning.