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Flock of backyard chickens in fenced yard

On May 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a Salmonella outbreak associated with backyard poultry.

So far, 52 cases have been reported across 21 states including Alabama. Of these 52 cases, 15 were in children younger than 5 years old.

Raising backyard poultry has been increasing in popularity. Even if you do not raise your own birds, you may still come in contact with backyard poultry. Have you ever gone to a farm store and played with the baby chicks and ducklings? Ever visit friends and pet their backyard birds?

If you do come in contact with live poultry, follow these simple steps to reduce the possibility of Salmonella exposure.

  • After touching poultry or their environment, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Using hand sanitizer is a secondary option. Always help young children properly wash their hands.
  • Wash or sanitize shoes if they come in contact with the poultry environment. This prevents spreading feces into your car or home.
  • Do not eat or drink where poultry are kept.
  • Do not kiss the birds or touch them with your face.

If you raise your own backyard poultry or if you come in contact with backyard poultry, follow biosecurity procedures designed to protect you, your family and the birds from illness. For more information, read Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry Flocks.


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