Human salmonellosis cases related to backyard poultry

Every year we have outbreaks of human salmonellosis related to backyard poultry. According to the latest numbers from the CDC (November 18, 2020), there have been 16 multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella illness this year linked with poultry in backyard flocks. This year we have had the highest number of cases ever!

As of November 18, 2020, a total of 1,659 people infected with one of the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from all 50 states.

    • 326 people (34% of those with information available) have been hospitalized.
    • One death in Oklahoma has been reported.
    • 24% of ill people are children younger than 5 years of age.

You can see how your state is doing at

Stay healthy around your backyard flock by washing your hands, keeping your birds outdoors, and supervising young children around your flock.

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