The recent salmonella outbreak has prompted the experts from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a study regarding the infected people’s habits.
It was recently reported that there are as much as 200 cases of infections with salmonella in 35 states. The cause of this outbreak might sound surprising to many people who would have never thought that hugging and kissing a chicken could help spread the disease.
However, this seems to be the case, according to the results of the survey conducted by the CDC. They reported that many of the people who had been infected admitted to having snuggled and kissed their poultry pets.
This encouraged the agency to issue a warning against such practices and especially to keep children away from birds that might give them salmonella.
Moreover, there is a list of preventive measures that people should take if they have poultry at home. First of all, it is important that you don’t allow birds to enter the house and only keep them in their special hen coop.
Secondly, you should avoid having children under five touching them or making contact with the things they might have touched or sat on. Moreover, you and your kids must always wash your hands after feeding the bids or touching them.
Salmonella is a type of bacterium that is hosted in cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals and can be easily transmitted to humans if swallowed through raw meat or other means.
This is why health experts recommend us to eat well cooked meat that has previously been properly washed and handled with clean utensils and hands.
People should also be careful with milk or eggs that have been spoiled or are not properly preserved.
Salmonella usually gives food poisoning and its effects include vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach and fever. In most cases, these effects go away without having to undergo special treatment or be hospitalized.
Nevertheless, there are cases in which the person’s immune system might be compromised and the effects of this type of bacterium can be devastating and even lead to death. The most exposed ones are old people, those who suffer from various chronic diseases and small children.
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