Salmonella outbreak in Michigan linked to baby poultry

May 2, 2016

State health officials are warning of a growing outbreak of salmonella in Michigan.

Since the beginning of March, there have been 20 cases of salmonella in Michigan directly tied to people handling baby chicks and ducklings. Six people ended up in the hospital.   

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps.

“While raising baby chicks and having fresh eggs can be fun and educational, poultry owners should be aware that chickens and other birds can carry germs that can impact human health,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive.

Some of the cases have been linked to feed and farm stores where people purchased baby poultry.

“Live baby poultry can carry Salmonella and still look healthy. Poultry do not get sick like people do from the bacteria,” said Dr. James Averill, state veterinarian, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

State officials expect the number of cases will rise.