There has been a massive salmonella outbreak in the US. About 181 people across 40 different states have been stricken by the disease. The CDC has attributed this outbreak to people getting a little too intimate with their live poultry. Kissing, cuddling and cozying up with live poultry have been indicted as the prime cause of the outbreak.
The CDC after due research found that 86% of the 96 diseased persons who were interviewed said that they were in close contact with live poultry a week before the symptoms of Salmonella became evident. A lot many said that they were intimate with the birds often kissing and cuddling them.
The report highlights the fact that such friendly physical intimacy increases the threat of acquiring the salmonella infections. There have been no deaths in the outbreak, but more than 33 infected persons had to be hospitalized immediately.
The CDC has suggested all poultry owners to wash hands with soap and water after coming in contact with the poultry. The CDC also has advised cleaning of all the area where the birds have roamed and cautioned people from allowing the birds entry into the house.
Salmonella is often caused by eating or handling food infected with the Salmonella bacteria. The CDC has also asked people to cook thoroughly their meat and use fresh and clean vessels to cook. The hands and the surface which has come into contact with raw meat must be cleaned thoroughly.
According to information provided by CDC, salmonella bacteria is the causative pathogen for more than 1.2 million illness and causes 450 deaths every year in the US. Symptoms of Salmonella infections include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Some patients recover without any treatment, but the bacteria cause complications in some requiring hospitalization. The disease is sometimes fatal.
People in recent years have started keeping chickens as pets in the US, and such persons must heed to the advice given by CDC and avoid close physical contact with their pets.