These outbreaks are a reminder to always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching chickens, ducklings, and anything in their environment.
Owning backyard chickens and other poultry can be a great experience. However, people have gotten sick with Salmonella from handling poultry or items in the area where they live and roam. Even handling baby birds displayed at stores or exhibits can spread Salmonella infections to people.
Take steps to reduce changes of getting Salmonella:
- Always wash your hands
- Don’t let backyard poultry inside the house
- Wear a pair of shoes designated for taking care of poultry and keep them outside
- Children under 5, adults older than 65, or anyone with a weakened immune system should not handle poultry
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include:
- Abdominal cramps
CDC’s Salmonella website has more information about the infections and signs of a severe infection.
Poultry can also can carry avian influenza (flu) viruses. Take steps to protect yourself.