Local salmonella cases traced to state

CNJ staff

Salmonella cases reported in Curry and Roosevelt counties are linked to young poultry from a New Mexico hatchery, state officials said.

A total of nine people from New Mexico and four other states have reported salmonella infections in the past two months, most cases occurring in children age 1 or younger, according to the Associated Press.

There is one case each in Curry and Roosevelt counties.
Public Information Officer Deborah Davis with the New Mexico Health Department said salmonella is common in poultry.

“This is something that could happen anytime, anywhere,” she said. “Not all of these cases are connected and several areas are being investigated.”

Davis said there is one specific hatchery in New Mexico under investigation. She said the state will not identify the hatchery pending the completion of the investigation.

“Six kids in New Mexico have had direct contact with live animals,” said Davis, who confirmed one of those cases were contracted from a goose.

Other cases were contracted through baby chicks, ducks and geese, she said.

Davis said a facility under investigation would be closed if its was considered was a public threat. She could not confirm whether the New Mexico hatchery under investigation remains open.

Symptoms of salmonella, which begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure, include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that usually last four days to a week.

The Health Department said most people recover without medication or treatment, but that young children can suffer from more severe symptoms.

Human salmonella infections occur when contaminated food, hands or other objects are placed in the mouth.