Hatchery could be source of salmonella in widespread outbreak

08/20/2013 | CBS News

The strain of salmonella that has infected more than 300 people across 37 states has been traced to a baby poultry pen at Privett Hatchery in Portales, N.M., according to the state Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Salmonella can be present in the droppings of chicks and other baby birds, even though the animals themselves usually won't show signs of illness," said New Mexico public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad. Officials issued a reminder that people who interact with poultry can protect themselves by practicing good hygiene.

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