According to this week’s data, in 2020. 938 people were infected with salmonellosis. The number of cases has doubled in the past month, with 473 people falling ill since the last June report, the CDC said.
The alleged culprit in this outbreak is poultry. Public health officials interviewed more than 400 people who contracted salmonellosis, and 74% of them said they had contact with chickens and ducks.
From January When the first disease was reported, the CDC reported 15 multistage outbreaks. To date, three of them, found in Kentucky and Oregon, have been related to poultry and their cooperatives.
The CDC did not speculate on why in 2020. More people have been infected than last year. Its reported cases show that cases began to emerge in late March (cases typically occur in the spring, when poultry farming is most popular, the CDC reported).
Chickens and ducks can carry salmonella into their digestive tract, which does not harm them, but can cause diarrhea, fever, and painful cramps in people who are exposed to bird feathers or eggs or their manure bacteria.
CNN’s Jen Christensen contributed to this report.