CDC traces salmonella outbreak to Springfield hatchery
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:55 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has traced a multistate outbreak of salmonella to a Springfield hatchery.
As of June 21, 66 people in 20 states had been infected with the strain of salmonella montevideo, which the CDC has determined is linked to contact with chicks, ducklings and other live baby poultry from Estes Hatchery LLC, 805 N. Meteor Ave, according to a June 25 news release from the CDC.
Estes Hatchery, which began selling chicks in 1922, ships live birds, according to its Web site. The CDC release said the owners of the mail-order hatchery are cooperating with public health and agriculture officials.
The most recorded cases of salmonella came from Missouri, with 22, followed by Kansas, with 10, and Indiana, with eight. Cases also were reported in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. According to the release, 16 of those affected have been hospitalized, and one death was reported in Missouri, though salmonella infection was not considered a contributing factor, according to the release.
The illnesses began between Feb. 28 and June 6, the release said.