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Backyard poultry linked to salmonella outbreak

Backyard poultry is believed to be the cause of an outbreak of salmonella that has spread to 38 states, including Wyoming.

The outbreak has so far caused around 219 illnesses, 27 hospitalizations and one death. At least four infections have been recorded in this state.

Salmonella infections generally cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within six hours to six days of swallowing the bacteria. Most people recover without medical intervention within a week, but children below the age of five, adults over the age of 65 and people with weakened immune systems may experience more severe illness...