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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an active Salmonella outbreak has been linked to backyard poultry. The C.D.C. has reported 163 illnesses and 34 hospitalizations across 43 states. However, U.S. officials believe that the number of sick people can be higher since many people can recover without medical treatment.
North Carolina accounts for most of the illnesses with 13 cases, followed by Iowa with 11, and Virginia, Georgia and California with 9.
The agency has issued a series of recommendations to avoid the spread of the bacteria.
“Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don’t eat or drink around them. This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick.”
Backyard poultry, like chicken and ducks, can carry Salmonella germs even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to anything in the areas where they live and roam.
Here are the recommendations from the C.D.C.:
What Backyard Flock Owners Should Do
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