The Vox is reporting a big salmonella outbreak in the US. The outbreak is reported to have infected over 181 people in 40 states.
Its been found that the outbreak is as a result of people getting a little too close to their live poultry — “specifically, kissing and cuddling chicks, chickens, ducks, and ducklings.”
More people in the US are now keeping poultry as pets and that is believed to be the cause of this outbreak.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Eighty-six percent of the 95 ill people who were interviewed reported contact with live poultry in the week before their illness began … Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry. These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a salmonella infection.”
The CDC estimates that salmonella bacteria cause about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths each year in the US.
Symptoms of the disease in people include, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most people get better without treatment, but the bacteria can cause other complications leading to hospitalization and even death.
Salmonella can be contracted by eating or handling infected foods, such as raw chicken, or coming into contact with live animals that are carrying the bacteria.
By: Jonas Nyabor/233livenews