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July 31, 2020 - CNN

There's a salmonella outbreak in 48 states linked to backyard poultry, and more people are infected than in years past

There's a salmonella outbreak in 48 states linked to backyard poultry, and more people are infected than in years past
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Over 900 people in 48 states have been infected with salmonella, and their illnesses are likely linked to backyard poultry like chicks and ducklings.

The outbreaks aren't uncommon for this time of year -- but 2020's outbreak has sickened more people than in past outbreaks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of this week, 938 people have been infected with salmonella in 2020. Cases have nearly doubled in the last month -- 473 people got sick since the last case report in June, the CDC said. At this time last year, 768 people were ill in 48 states, though two people had died, the CDC reported in July 2019.

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