HealthDay News – The number of salmonella infections related to backyard poultry has reached 465 in 42 states, up from 368 since the last update on May 20, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.
There were 86 hospitalizations and one death was reported in Oklahoma. About a third of the cases affect children under the age of 5. Almost twice as many salmonella infections related to chickens, ducks and other backyard poultry were reported this year compared to the same time last year, according to the CDC.
People can get salmonella infections from touching live poultry or their surroundings, and poultry carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.
The CDC said people with backyard poultry should always wash their hands thoroughly after touching poultry or other objects around them. Use a pair of shoes when handling poultry and keep those shoes out of the house. Don’t leave poultry at home. Do not let children under 5 touch poultry.
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