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Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens hits Maine

Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens hits Maine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella that they believe are linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.

The latest food illness infecting people across the United States is a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. The first illness was reported on February 15, according to the CDC.

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause people to experience fevers, nausea and gastrointestinal problems, which can be serious in children and others with weakened immune systems, the company said.

People reported getting chickens and/or ducklings from feed stores, websites, hatcheries and relatives.

The CDC said even though the communicated about more multi-state outbreaks than usual this year, current data does not suggest foodborne illnesses or outbreaks are increasing.

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The CDC said there are multiple types of bacteria linked to each case including Salmonella Seftenberg, Salmonella Montevideo, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Indiana, and Salmonella Litchfield.

Ninety (90) people have been infected with Salmonella across 26 states due to raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys.

The trendiness of backyard chickens has probably contributed to the rise in these illnesses, Nichols added, as more people want to know where their food comes from and are providing it for themselves. The illness usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without having to be hospitalized. The birds carry the bacteria on their feathers, on their feet and in their droppings. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. They should wash their hands before and after preparing and eating food, touching animals, and changing diapers.

Health officials advise washing with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything nearby.

-Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep the shoes outside of your home.


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