Salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens

August 23, 2017 06:21 AM

A 10-state outbreak of human salmonella infections is being linked to chickens and ducks being raised in backyards.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 961 people have become sick by live poultry so far this year. That’s more than in all of 2016.

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Salmonella has been found in 48 states, causing 215 hospitalizations and one death. There have been 29 cases in New York State, but it is not one of the states listed by the CDC in this recent alert.

Experts say any live poultry can carry salmonella bacteria, even if they look healthy and clean.

"We're following 10 different outbreaks right now each of them is caused by a different strain of salmonella,” says Dr. Robert Tauxe. “This is a problem that many people can help address."

Experts say be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching live poultry. 


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