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Published May 20, 2013, 11:55 AM

4 ND cases tied to multistate salmonella outbreak

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak, which has affected nearly 150 people in more than 25 states.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have linked four cases of salmonella infection to a multistate outbreak associated with baby chicks.

North Dakota's cases all were found in children under the age of 10, state Health Department epidemiologist Alicia Lepp said Monday.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak, which has affected nearly 150 people in more than 25 states. Investigators have connected the outbreak to exposure to baby chicks, ducklings and other live baby poultry sold through feed stores and mail-order hatcheries.

"Even if chicks and ducklings appear healthy, they may be shedding salmonella," Lepp said. "A bird that looks clean can still have germs on its feathers and feet that make a person sick."

Children are especially susceptible because they frequently put their fingers in their mouth and their immune systems are still developing. Officials recommend that people wash their hands thoroughly after handling live poultry.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Symptoms can be more severe in children, pregnant women and the elderly.


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