SANTA FE, N.M. (August 19, 2013)—A 37-state salmonella outbreak has been linked to a hatchery in Portales, N.M., that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores, the New Mexico Department Health said Monday.
The strain of salmonella that has infected more than 300 people in was found in a duck pen at Privett Hatchery, officials said.
State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad says the hatchery is most likely the source of the outbreak, but says questions remain because federal officials have found that the people sickened with salmonella bought baby poultry at 113 feed store locations that were supplied by 18 mail order hatcheries in several states.
People buy baby poultry such as chicks and ducks to keep as pets and to raise for eggs or meat.
Privett Hatchery said in a statement on its website that it's cooperating with health officials.
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