Hundreds of Salmonella cases linked to backyard chickens — CDC

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The most cases, 27, have been reported in North Carolina. The outbreak caused infections in at least 73 people, 24 of whom had to be treated in hospital.

Two hundred twelve people have gotten sick with salmonella since February due to poultry, the agency said Monday. Infected birds can appear to be healthy and show no signs of illness. Here is a map of the case count showing outbreak strains of Salmonella. Each year in the US, about 1.2 million people are infected and 450 die from salmonella. Food is the source of about 1 million salmonella illnesses and 380 deaths each year.

Jamieson told CBC News on Tuesday that a whey powder contaminated with salmonella is to blame in all three of those cases. The illness usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without having to be hospitalized.

CDC officials have linked these outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks or ducklings. More than 70 percent of ill people interviewed reported having contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started.

Well, you had better stop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning. The birds carry the bacteria on their feathers, on their feet and in their droppings.

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So far, there has been no indication of anyone getting sick as a result of the products involved in each of the recalls. In fact, the city will even provide you a $75 rebate if you attend a free class on how to properly and safely keep a backyard flock. Children under the age of five are at the highest risk of infection, with older adults and those with weakened immune systems also vulnerable to severe infections.

-Have a pair of "outside shoes" for the chicken coop.

"Always wash your hands after handling live poultry".

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