Hundreds of people across the United States have contracted salmonellosis, most likely due to contact with chicken in the backyard.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on 28 July. Salmonellosis affects 938 people in 48 states.
Thirty-three percent of those people were hospitalized, and one death was reported in Oklahoma. Twenty-eight percent of those affected are children under the age of five.
In a survey of 409 sick people, 74% said they had contact with chickens or ducklings purchased at farm shops, websites and hatcheries.
The researchers tested chicken coops in Kentucky and Oregon and identified three strains of the salmonella outbreak.
According to the CDC, poultry can transmit salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean and show no signs of disease. People affected by poultry should take the following precautions:
- Wash your hands immediately after touching the poultry in the yard, their eggs or anything where they live and roam.
- Do not kiss or squeeze the poultry in the yard, then do not touch your face or mouth.
- Do not allow poultry to be reared in the backyard of the house, especially in areas where food or drink is produced, served or stored.
- Set aside a pair of shoes that you can wear when caring for poultry and keep them away from home.
- Do not eat or drink where poultry live or roam.
- Clean any equipment or materials used to raise or care for poultry, such as cages and containers for storing feed or water.
- Always supervise children in relation to poultry and while they wash their hands.
- Children under the age of 5 should not handle or touch chickens, ducks, or other poultry, as younger children are more likely to get sick.
People working with eggs should do so safely:
- Collecting eggs often. Eggs sitting in the nest can be dirty or broken.
- Discard the broken eggs. Microbes on the shell can get into the egg more easily, even if they are broken.
- Clean the eggs with a fine sandpaper, brush or cloth.
- Do not wash warm, fresh eggs as colder water can attract germs to the egg.
- After collection, refrigerate the eggs for fresh and slow germ growth.
- Boil the eggs until stiff and yolk, and white. Egg dishes should be cooked to 160 ° F or hotter. Raw and underprepared eggs can contain salmonella bacteria that can make you nauseous.