new chicken owner and campylobacter hell

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emabie, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. emabie

    emabie New Egg

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    Hi everyone! I'm a new chicken owner w a new flock of 9 birds that are five mnths old. We keep them confined to coop and run and are absolutely in love with them. This week my husband became very ill with dehydration bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Back and forth to the hospital and an episode of hallucinating all night long that scared me and my three young children out of our minds. had to have the cops bring him to the er it was crazy. Finally after a week of hell the docots told us my husband has this campylobacter bacterial infection. He is so sick and still can't eat anything he had iv fluids again today and doc gave him antibiotic. I'm so scared this could b from our chickens and feel aweful. My kids r young but we try to be careful w hand washing and we don't wear our "chicken boots" in the house. My 10 mth old son was sick last week also w bloody diarrhea as well but his doc said it was probably a virus worried it could b same bacterial infection. I'm hoping someone could tell me if I should take my birds to the vet for this and if the medicated chick starter they are on would have any bearing on this bacteria. Could flies have spread this? Should I be attempting to disinfect everything in my coop as well as my home? I understand there could b other causes for his contraction but would b ever grateful to know what to do of it is our girls. Thank u for taking the time to read all this.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Many chickens have campylobacter, and good handwashing should always be done after handling. Little children should not be petting the chickens without supervision and hand sanitizer. Many people can get it from eating undercooked chicken in a restaurant too. Sorry about your husband and little boy's illnesses.
     
  3. emabie

    emabie New Egg

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    Thank u for your response just read up on the CDC's info on the bacteria. I'm going to call the pedi and vet in the morning just kinda freaked out. I do realize the other ways he could have contracted this but due to the severity of his reaction I do have a lot of questions and fears and any insight into this is welcomed.
     

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