A mail order bird hatchery in Idaho, has been reported to be the origin for the latest outbreak of Salmonella. The hatchery, only known as Hatchery B, supplied live chicks to feed stores and other points of purchase.
So far, 37 people in 11 states have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Hadar. Of those sickened, 8 have been hospitalized. According to health officials, 37% of those sickened are under the age of 10.
The CDC has released a statement saying:
"Mail order hatcheries, feed stores and others that sell or display chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health related information to owners and potential purchasers of the birds prior to the the point of purchase. "
For the CDC recommendation for safe handling of live poultry, check out their webpage specifically related to this issue.