Why backyard chickens are a health risk

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More than 200 people in 44 different states have become infected with Salmonella, and the CDC is blaming backyard poultry for the outbreaks. Do not allow live poultry inside the house or around food.

Symptoms of salmonella begin 12 to 72 hours after a person is infected and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping. The spokesperson said AMPI does not release the names of its customers and declined to say how much whey powder packaged in 50-pound bags and 25-kilogram bags involved in the recall had been distributed. Numerous other states with multiple people affected are in the Midwest and Southern regions, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Iowa, The Wichita Eagle reported. The symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to an entire week, but most people recover on their own.

An outbreak of Salmonella affected people which are linked to the raw turkey across the United States.

The CDC says that people can get sick with salmonella infections from touching live poultry or the environment that the poultry lives in.

Salmonella often makes its way into products like whey through handling. The birds can carry the bacteria either on their feathers, on their feet and in their droppings.

So far, there has been no indication of anyone getting sick as a result of the products involved in each of the recalls. However, those who develop severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. Also known as C. botulinum, the bacteria is behind botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

-Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep the shoes outside of your home. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.

If you collect your chicken's eggs, wash them well before use and cook them thoroughly before eating. This contact was traced back to chicks and ducklings obtained from several sources including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and relatives.

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