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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report concerning 48 states which were affected by a lethal Salmonella outbreak. Since July 13th, when the latest update on the issue came, CDC discovered 172 more people who fell ill. As a cause of the outbreak, they mentioned the presence of live poultry flocks living in people’s backyards.
Salmonella outbreak caused by live poultry
The massive outbreak is made up of 10 smaller ones which spread in various states. Each of these micro-outbreak is caused by a different strain of Salmonella. As mentioned above, the disease is carried by poultry. However, the issue is quite serious, since poultry may carry the pathogen without looking sick.
The first trace of the illness was observed on January 4th and, since then, many other cases have started appearing until July 31st. Only one death has been reported, but 215 people ended up in the hospital because they developed severe forms of the disease.
Laboratory analyses found that the outbreak was related to live poultry coming from different hatcheries across the country. About 74 percent of those people who experienced Salmonella symptoms admitted having come into contact with chickens or ducklings kept in backyard flocks before feeling ill.
How to avoid getting Salmonella
In case you breed poultry in your backyard, make sure you always wash your hands thoroughly after tending them, or after touching anything they have touched. Also, make sure your children don’t play with them, and wash their hands after coming close to any of their objects. It’s also important not to let the birds get into your house or near the place where you eat and drink.
Collect the eggs as soon as you can, to avoid their getting dirty or breaking. Also, gather them shortly after laying, and put them in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Keep in mind not to wash them, as cold water might help the bacteria get inside.
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