Number of illnesses from "backyard" poultry flocks breaks the record
October 20, 2017
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(NATIONAL) -- It's all the rage these
days in certain
parts of suburbia. Doing that micro-farmer thing and raising chickens
and ducks in the
backyard as healthy food items for the family. You cook the fresh
eggs and occasionally
roast a free (backyard) range hen or duck that was grown with loving
care and no hormones
What could be more healthy for the family? The problem is, a
fair number of people in families across the country are getting sick
says it has been a record year for backyard flocks being responsible
Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. to date in 2017.
than 1100 people in 48 states got sick, 249 were hospitalized and one
died (in North Carolina). Epidemiologic, traceback and
findings linked the 10 outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as
and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries.
Thursday the FDA said that even though federal officials have concluded
probes of all 10 outbreaks, they expect additional victims are likely
to be identified.
items from an FDA update posted Thursday:
.......This year saw the largest number of illnesses linked
to contact with backyard poultry ever recorded by CDC. Contact with
poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections.
Live poultry such as chickens and ducks can be carrying Salmonella bacteria
but appear healthy and
clean, with no sign of illness.
.......As raising backyard flocks becomes more popular, more
people are having contact with chickens and ducks – and may not know
risk of Salmonella infection.
.......These outbreaks are a reminder to follow steps to
keep your family healthy while enjoying your backyard flock.
.......Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and
water right after touching live poultry or anything in the
area where the
birds live and roam. (Adults should supervise hand washing
.......Do not let live poultry inside the house.
.......Do not let children younger than 5 years
handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry without adult
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