CDC: Hundreds of Salmonella cases linked to backyard chickens

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Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly among young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

According to the CDC, people can get sick with Salmonella infections from touching live poultry or their environment. A multi-state outbreak of salmonella is linked to backyard flocks. Do not allow live poultry inside the house or around food. As of July 23, 212 people across 44 different states have been reported with the relevant strains of bacteria.

This is the 10th time since 2011 the CDC has announced an outbreak due to live poultry.

"A lot of people don't realize these cute little fuzzy animals carry microbes that carry bacteria harmful to us", she said in March. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Each year in the US, about 1.2 million people are infected and 450 die from salmonella.

However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

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According to the CDC, there have been 70 Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry since 2000. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

A series of food recalls in the past week have been linked to contaminated whey powder, says Fred Jamieson, a food safety recall specialist with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

-Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep the shoes outside of your home. The CDC is, however, advising those who are cooking raw turkey to be sure they fully cook it and to thoroughly clean the cooking area and their hands after touching the raw meat.

After preparing raw turkey, wash countertops, cutting boards, dishware, utensils, and anything that you use to wrap the turkey which does not spread the germs from raw turkey. The CDC is reminding feed stores and mail-order hatcheries that sell the animals to take steps to prevent salmonella in flocks.

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