ATLANTA (WTVA) -- The Centers for Disease Control say the number of cases of salmonella linked to live poultry are continuing to grow.
The federal agency says a total of 61 people have been infected with strains of Salmonella Infantis and Salmonella Mbandaka in the last two months.
The cases are reported in 18 states, including Alabama and Mississippi.
CDC officials say testing linked the outbreak to live chicks, ducklings, and other live baby poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio.
Officials say about one-third of the people affected by the outbreak were hospitalized, but there are no reported deaths.
Just under half of those affected are children.
Officials say you should always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam.
They say you should not let live poultry inside the house.
The connection between the illness and the live poultry was first reported by CDC in April.