Aug 19, 2013 5:44 PM by Juice Godfrey
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say a national outbreak of salmonella has been linked to an eastern New Mexico hatchery that sells baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores.
The Department of Health said Monday a strain of salmonella that's infected more than 300 people in 37 states was found in a duck pen at Privett Hatchery in Portales.
State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad said the hatchery was most likely the source of the outbreak but questions remain because federal officials have found the people sickened with salmonella had purchased baby poultry at 113 feed store locations that were supplied by 18 mail order hatcheries in several states.
Privett Hatchery said in a statement on its web site that it's cooperating with health officials.