Kissing chickens can lead to salmonella
The Center for Disease Control asks chicken owners to keep their lips to themselves to prevent the spread of Salmonella. Backyard poultry like chicken and ducks can spread germs even if they look healthy.
The CDC recommends that backyard poultry owners always wash their hands with soap and water immediately after touching their poultry, eggs, or living space.
Additionally, poultry owners should not hug, snuggle, or eat or drink around them, as these actions could spread Salmonella through the mouth. Owners should also make sure to keep all poultry and supplies outside the house, including any shoes you might wear in the coop.
Children under the age of five should never touch chicks, ducklings, or other backyard poultry, as young children are more likely to get sick from germs like Salmonella.
Some of the symptoms associated with Salmonella include diarrhea, fever over 102 degrees, vomiting, and dehydration (lack of urination, dry mouth / throat, feeling dizzy when standing up). If any of these symptoms appear, the CDC recommends that you contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
As of May 20, 2021, a total of 163 people had been infected with one of the strains of the outbreak in 43 states this year. The sick people range from 1 to 87 years with a median age of 24 years.
Of 109 people who reported to the CDC, 34 were hospitalized but no deaths were reported.
The peak of the outbreaks occurred in April of this year and has subsided somewhat since.
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To prepare for a potential incident, always keep your veterinarian’s phone number handy, as well as an after-hours clinic that you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline that you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.
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