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1991 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Pet Ducklings

State health departments received reports of Salmonellosis linked to the recent acquisition of pet ducklings. The ducklings that were associated with the Maryland case-patients had been obtained from a pet store and were won as prizes at an Easter egg hunt. Ducklings in Connecticut and Pennsylvania were purchased through several retailers. All ducklings were traced to two hatcheries in Pennsylvania. No cultures were obtained from ducklings or from the hatchery environments.

  • Outbreak began:
  • April 1991
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Maryland, Pennsylvania
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal Contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Pet stores
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 16
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 16
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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