Salmonella outbreak linked to NM poultry hatchery

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A nationwide salmonella outbreak has been linked to a hatchery in eastern New Mexico that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores.

State health officials say the strain of salmonella was found in a duck pen at Privett Hatchery in Portales, N.M. More than 300 people in 37 states have been infected.

Federal health officials say there will have to be more testing before they can confirm the source because the people sickened had bought the baby animals that came from 18 mail order hatcheries in several states.

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