37 people sick in Colorado in national salmonella outbreak

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DENVER — A nationwide salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 300 people, and Colorado has the most cases right now. People in a total of 37 states have become ill according to federal health experts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are 37 cases from Colorado. All are believed linked to a hatchery in eastern New Mexico that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores.

Federal health officials say they need to do more testing before they confirm the source of the outbreak.

Symptoms of salmonella infections include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. The illness usually lasts no more than a week, and in most cases does not require hospitalization. Those most at risk of severe infection are children younger than 5, elderly adults and people with weakened immune systems.

Officials remind people to always wash their hands after handling poultry.