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CDC: Multi-state outbreak of Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry, Wisconsin included

WISCONSIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing a warning about salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry like chicks and ducklings in backyard flocks.

There have been 124 people sickened from 36 states, including several in Wisconsin. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC has several safety reminders to avoid getting sick. Including:

  • It’s important to always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in their environment.
  • Don’t let children younger than 5 years handle or touch live poultry without adult supervision.
  • Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep those outside of your home.
  • Do not let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens or outdoor patios.
  • People can get sick from Salmonella from touching live poultry or their environment. Birds carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.

For more information from the CDC, please click here.

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