CDC Warns of Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Chickens

CDC Warns of Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Chickens
CDC Warns of Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Chickens

In a recent advisory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning about backyard poultry following a series of Salmonella outbreaks that have affected over 100 people across 29 states. Of those impacted, 33 individuals required hospitalization. The actual number of infections is believed to be higher, as not all cases are reported.

The CDC's investigation revealed that contact with ducks, chickens, and turkeys was the common factor among the reported cases. According to a statement from the CDC, "Backyard poultry, such as chickens and ducks, can carry Salmonella germs even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to anything in the areas where the poultry live and roam." They emphasized that touching backyard poultry or their environment and touching your mouth or food can lead to illness.

To help prevent infection, the CDC advises washing hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling poultry, their eggs or anything in their living areas. Additionally, they recommend avoiding kissing or snuggling the birds and not eating or drinking near them, as these actions can transfer Salmonella germs to your mouth.

The agency also suggests keeping all supplies and tools used for poultry care outside the home, including shoes worn in chicken coops. They advise keeping young children away from the animals, as they are more susceptible to getting sick from Salmonella exposure.

By following these precautionary measures, backyard poultry owners can help reduce the risk of Salmonella infection and keep their families safe.

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