Source: HealthDay 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens, with 109 cases reported across 29 states. Among those affected, 33 individuals have been hospitalized, though no deaths have occurred. Notably, over 40% of the cases involve children under five. Salmonella bacteria, which can be present in seemingly healthy poultry, can spread through contact with the birds or their environment.

Infected individuals typically experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within six hours to six days of exposure, with most recovering without treatment in about a week. However, severe cases may require medical intervention, particularly among young children, seniors, and immunocompromised individuals. The CDC advises thorough handwashing after handling poultry or their environment, avoiding close contact with the birds, and proper egg handling to minimize infection risks.

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