Poultry Exposure Cited In NM Salmonella Cases

Apr 26, 2013

New Mexico health officials say seven lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella have been confirmed in six counties, and they're linking the cases to exposure to baby poultry.

Four of the cases involve infants.

The Department of Health says Salmonella infection in young children can be fatal and that families should not allow chicks or other baby birds inside homes.

According to the department, the people involved in the seven cases live in Curry, Eddy, Lea, Luna, Otero, and Taos counties.

Early symptoms of Salmonella in people include fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

These symptoms develop one to three days after exposure to baby chicks and their droppings. Other symptoms might include nausea, chills or headaches.