CDC investigation Update of a Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact With Live Poultry

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 20, 2018
Contact: Media Relations,
(404) 639-3286

A CDC investigation update of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks has been posted


  • Since the last update on June 8, 2018, 88 more ill people have been reported, bringing the total to 212 ill people from 44 states.
  • Thirty-four ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Young children are especially affected; 26% of ill people are children under 5.
  • The most recent illness began on June 21, 2018.

CDC advice remains the same:

  • People can get sick from Salmonella from touching live poultry or their environment. Birds carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in their environment.
  • Don’t let children under 5 touch live poultry without adult supervision.
  • Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep those outside of your home.
  • Don’t let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens or outdoor patios.

If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.


Page last reviewed: July 20, 2018