- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A newly released federal report shows that Montana accounts for 14 salmonella cases in a nationwide outbreak linked to backyard poultry flocks that has sickened hundreds of people this year.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2ah2Tbj ) the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says the cases are part of eight outbreaks that have infected 611 people in 45 states. The cases have been linked to contact with flocks of live backyard poultry, including chickens, ducks and geese.

Dana Fejes with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services says the 14 cases in the state have not been contained to one certain area.

She says they represent an increase from the state’s average yearly number of confirmed backyard poultry-related salmonella cases, which is about five or six.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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