Beware: Touching Live Chickens Is Giving Folks Salmonella

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All this time we thought we could only get salmonella from the chicken on your plate, but boy were we wrong. It turns out, the U.S. is dealing with one of the biggest salmonella outbreaks in our country’s history. So why is everyone getting salmonella? According to an assessment from the CDC, it’s probably from touching, feeding, or playing with live chickens.

This year there have been 961 cases of the illness reported so far, 215 of those have resulted in hospitalization and one person has died! And in 74% of these salmonella cases, the sick folks had come into contact with live poultry in the week before their symptoms started.

All of this is bad news for backyard farmers and animal lovers. But if you follow the CDC’s advice and wash hands thoroughly after touching live chickens or ducks, you should be just fine. But be aware, the CDC says poultry can have a salmonella infection and not show symptoms. So if you’re loving on your chickens, make sure you wash your hands afterwards. Sure, they’re cute, but you don’t want to take your chances with salmonella.

Source: The Daily Meal

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