Drug-resistant salmonella linked to Wisconsin calves

Posted at 10:42 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 12:42:33-05

Federal and state health officials say a multistate outbreak of salmonella bacteria that is resistant to several drugs has been linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in Wisconsin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 21 people have been infected in eight states from Jan. 11 through Oct. 24. Eight of the 21 people sickened were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Those who were sickened ranged in age from 1 year to 72. Wisconsin has the most cases with twelve people infected in eight counties.

The CDC says its investigation identified dairy bull calves from livestock markets in Wisconsin as the likely source of infections. Minnesota and South Dakota each have two cases, as well as California, Iowa, Idaho, Missouri and Oklahoma.

(by Associated Press)