Salmonella Outbreaks Caused by Contact with Chicks

by 5m Editor
26 February 2009, at 6:37am

US - Researchers have traced a widespread outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo in 2007 to the handling of chicks.

A report entitled Multistate Outbreaks of Salmonella Infections Associated With Live Poultry — United States, 2007 has traced the origin of Salmonella Montevideo infection causing illness in a number of patients across several states to chicks from three hatcheries. Some patients required hospital treatment but no deaths were reported.

During 2007, in response to the reported human infections traced back to their facility, the operators of one hatchery implemented several on-farm measures in an attempt to eliminate S. Montevideo from their birds, including enhanced hygiene practices and use of an S. Montevideo pattern 2 serotype-specific vaccine in their flocks. Another hatchery has recently implemented some of the same measures at its facility.


Anon. 2009. Multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with live poultry – United States, 2007. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 301(8): 818-820 (doi:10.1001/jama.2009.176)

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.