I found an interesting article about salmonella and why inexperienced poultry breeders usually get infected from MinnPost. It talks about a CDC report that discusses the common reasons why small-time breeders develop this infection.
Outbreaks of poultry-associated Salmonellosis have jumped to 4 yearly in 2006 to 2014 from 1 yearly between 1990 and 2005. One of the ways to avoid this condition is not to cuddle your birds, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Salmonella infection or salmonellosis is a serious condition that affects individuals who come in contact with the Salmonella enterica bacterium. According to WebMD, older adults, people who have impaired immune systems and children are more likely to develop severe infections.
According to the CDC report, it is due to breeders treating their livestock like pets. “Most contact occurred at the patients’ home, and high-risk behaviors included keeping poultry inside the house and having close contact, such as holding, snuggling, or kissing poultry,” the article states.
Salmonella cases are at 1.2 million in number annually. Of the 1.2 million, 19,000 of them require hospitalization. About 400 people die from this condition each year.
While many of these cases are transmitted through food, 11 per cent comes from exposure to African dwarf frogs, hedgehogs, turtles, bearded dragons and backyard poultry. The CDC used data from reports between the years 1990 and 2014. During that 24-year period, 53 outbreaks were caused by live poultry.
To read the full CDC report, click here. You can browse through the full MinnPost article here as well.
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