Egg Hatchery Cause of Salmonella Outbreak: More than 300 Injured
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the likely source of an outbreak of salmonella that has infected more than 300 people in 37 states is probably a pen at Privett Hatchery in their state. The company sells live poultry via mail order, and also supplies them to feed stores.
Though so far the outbreak has claimed no lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 51 people have been hospitalized, with nearly 60 percent of those illnesses being in children 10 or younger. Of the more than 300 cases identified so far, Colorado saw the largest number, with 37, with Texas right behind them, with 32 cases.
While the state of New Mexico seems certain the hatchery is the most likely source for the outbreak, the CDC isn’t as certain as the state, and they continue to investigate and run tests. They note that those infected with salmonella had purchased baby poultry, which people purchase as pets, as well as to raise for eggs and meat, at more than 100 feed stores, who are supplied 18 different mail order hatcheries in several states.
In a statement on its website, Privett Hatchery said that it’s cooperating with state and federal investigators, and that it’s possible that its operation may be linked to some salmonella cases. According to state officials, they have agreed not to sell any poultry from the pen from which the salmonella was found. They have also agreed to vaccinate their birds and to include a brochure on the safe handling of baby poultry in every one of their shipments.
It is possible for people to become infected with salmonella by handling infected baby chicks. While many people will never develop serious symptoms from salmonella infections, others, including the elderly, people with immune disorders and small children, can develop very serious symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, severe dehydration and more. Everyone, especially children, should always wash their hands thoroughly immediately after touching baby poultry, or anything the chicks touch.
State and federal health officials should be making sure all hatcheries are protecting the public from such things as salmonella contamination and other things that may harm the public who purchase their products. If you or your child or another loved one has become sick from contact with poultry purchased from a hatchery, it’s entirely possible the hatchery was negligent.
The Texas Product Liability Lawyers at Hill Law Firm know how to get companies to pay attention when we represent our clients in cases of illness caused by such a product. If you or a loved one has been sickened by contamination from salmonella or other poisoning, please call the Texas Product Liability Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately, to protect your rights. All consultations are free.