Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Dairy Bull Calves

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Nov. 28, 2016 -- An outbreak of multidrug-resistant salmonella that sickened 21 people in 8 states has been linked to dairy bull calves, federal and state officials say.

The patients became sick between Jan. 11, 2016 and Oct. 24, 2016. Eight patients were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Investigators concluded the outbreak was caused by contact with dairy bull calves bought at livestock markets in Wisconsin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The investigation is continuing. To prevent illness when working with livestock, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching livestock, equipment for animals, or anything in the area where animals live and roam, the CDC said.

Use specific clothes, shoes, and gloves when working with livestock, and keep and store these items outside of your home. Work with your veterinarian to keep livestock healthy and prevent diseases.

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