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Backyard chickens, ducks linked to salmonella cases in 44 states

25 July 2018

In interviews, 100 of the 138 people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started. A multi-state outbreak of salmonella is linked to backyard flocks. Thirty four people have been hospitalized, but none of the 212 people have died, the CDC says. Young children are particularly vulnerable because their immune systems are still developing, and they're more likely to put items like fingers and pacifiers in their mouths.

The CDC, assisted by state health officials, is now investigating the outbreaks of salmonella infections. Only five of those cases have been reported in SC, while North Carolina has the most reported with 27.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. In their investigation, the CDC reports they found multiple people reported obtaining these animals from several different sources. Even birds that appear clean and healthy can still be carrying Salmonella.

The CDC says that people can get sick with salmonella infections from touching live poultry or the environment that the poultry lives in. They also advise not letting live birds inside the house, especially where food or drink is prepared, served or stored.

Raising chickens in urban areas is a growing trend, with Las Vegas one of the latest cities to approve residential coops.