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Backyard chickens, geese and ducks are still making Americans sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday.
In fact, 1,003 people in the US have gotten Salmonella poisoning from touching, cuddling, feeding, petting and harvesting eggs from poultry in their back yard.
July - Cases - Illness - States - People
Since July 19, another 235 new cases of bird-borne illness have been confirmed in 49 states, and two people have died - one each in Texas and Ohio.
Health officials are begging Americans to keep their birds outdoors, always wash their hands after handling the animals and to not ever kiss or rub your face, mouth and nose in their downy feathers.
Outbreaks - January - Illnesses - US - State
Since the outbreaks began in January, illnesses have been reported in all but one US state.
Of those who have been interviewed by health officials, the majority - 67 percent - said that they had been around baby chicks or ducklings.
Matter - Baby - Birds - Carriers - Salmonella
No matter how adorable and fresh these baby birds may look, they are prime carriers for Salmonella.
The bacteria may not make the chickens appear ill, but it can still sicken humans.
Salmonella - **** - Poultry - Feathers - Feet
Salmonella is usually found in ****, which may touch poultry's feathers and feet, even if in such small amounts that they're invisible.
If humans then touch the birds, and subsequently their mouths, they can easily contract the infection.
This happens most commonly...
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