Salmonella infection is most commonly obtained through contaminated water or food,media outlet Slash Gear reported. Salmonella is also common in chickens, which is a problem for retail farmers. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new warning about another outbreak of salmonella linked to backyard chickens. Salmonella can also be transmitted from chickens and ducks.
The latest outbreak involved 97 people in 28 states, about a third of whom were under the age of 5. Although no deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak, 17 people were hospitalized when the CDC alerted.
Symptoms of the disease may appear within 6 days of exposure and may include stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever. Fully healthy poultry, including ducks and chickens, may still carry the bacteria that cause salmonella infection.
The CDC recommends that farmers maintain the hygiene conditions of their poultry and take certain practices to help prevent disease, including avoiding kissing or otherwise coming into contact with poultry – which also applies to pet turtles.
According to the CDC. Children under the age of five should also stay away from poultry and the environment in which they live, as they can develop the severity of the disease. The agency says hands should be washed thoroughly after contact with poultry or their environment, and a pair of separate shoes should be worn when walking in their habitat.