#########Salmonella traced to backyard chicken farms#########

pax12

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Twin outbreaks of salmonella linked to chicks and ducklings bought for backyard farms have stricken 92 people in 20 states as of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

The poultry were traced back to a mail-order hatchery in Ohio. The two outbreak strains, salmonella altona and salmonella johannesburg, have sickened 65 and 27 people respectively. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps and more serious illness in the young and old.

Raising backyard chickens largely for egg production is a growing urban trend among people who want to get closer to their food, but CDC doctors warn that hobbyists may not realize how common it is for poultry to carry dangerous forms of salmonella.

The outbreak is ongoing and began in late February, says Casey Barton Behravesh, a veterinary epidemiologist with the CDC. The most recent person involved got sick on July 30.

The CDC is especially concerned about this outbreak because about 30% of those infected are children younger than 5.

The hatchery associated with the outbreak, Mount Healthy Hatcheries of Mount Healthy, Ohio, has hired a salmonella expert, and testing has found no illness in its breeder flocks, owner Robert O'Hara says. He says the problem might be at one of his suppliers but he has not been able to conclusively trace it back.

Salmonella is common in chicks, he says. "That's been going on since the beginning of time." What's changed is the number of novices raising chickens. "There's been a giant explosion of backyard flocks and unfortunately some people are raising them in their house for a certain period of time. You just can't do that. They're farm animals; they're not pets. Treat them as such."

He also thinks that children are seeing and handling chicks at feed stores which are selling to urban chicken owners and not washing their hands afterward.

With the growing popularity of urban and backyard chickens, it's important for people to know that live poultry can appear to be perfectly healthy and clean yet could be shedding salmonella.

Behravesh agrees the best way to reduce the risk of illness is to wash hands with soap and water after touching live poultry.


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http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitnes...a-traced-to-backyard-chicken-farms/50128844/1
 
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A.T. Hagan

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Quote:I was just about to say the same thing.

WASH YOUR HANDS. If you touch those birds or anything the birds have touched WASH YOUR HANDS before you eat or drink anything or do anything that is going to come into contact with your face. This is most especially important if you have small children.
 

EweSheep

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A.T. Hagan :

Quote:I was just about to say the same thing.

WASH YOUR HANDS. If you touch those birds or anything the birds have touched WASH YOUR HANDS before you eat or drink anything or do anything that is going to come into contact with your face. This is most especially important if you have small children.

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pax12

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Sorry for the miss leading txt I just used the title from the page.
 
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barbieszoo

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Someone forwarded me this article today, and although it is just reporting an outbreak traceable to a hatchery, it seems to have been written by someone(s) who are anti-backyard chickens. I especially disliked two parts of it : the part about chickens being strictly livestock and should be treated as such, and the part about not brooding in the house at all. I only have 4 tiny bantams, they are not livestock to me, they are most certainly pets, and if the weather is not safe for chickens and you have the means to safely confine them indoors, what's wrong with that? I think they should have stuck with "wash your hands after handling poultry" for prevention, and left it at that.
 

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