Wildlife is fascinating but most of the times we must admire it from a distance, as getting close may do us harm. 181 cases of salmonella were reported last week, attributed to people kissing and cuddling live poultry.
The Salmonella strains had infected people in 40 states and 33 victims were hospitalized as a consequence of the illness.
Fortunately, no deaths were reported and for people who keep poultry, the CDC strongly recommends washing hands with soap and hot water after touching them. Also, the area where they roam must be thoroughly cleaned, to avoid any chance of infection. Chickens must sleep in boxes especially designed for them and we must avoid them letting them into the house, under any circumstance.
The cases related to cuddling with chickens are new to the matter, as salmonella is most of the times contracted as a consequence of eating or handling food infected with the salmonella bacteria. This is the first time when salmonella is related to public displays of affection towards poultry. To avoid any chance of infection, the meat must be cooked thoroughly with clean utensils. Also, the surfaces used to prepare and cook poultry must be very clean and hands must be responsibly washed before cooking.
The viruses can mutate at a very rapid pace, making us vulnerable in front of diseases and wreaking havoc amongst communities. Most people get infected with the bug by coming into direct contact with infected birds or by eating undercooked chicken or duck.
Symptoms of the illness are defined by violent sickness, fever, stomach cramps, and dehydration and sometimes the infection can prove to be fatal.
Although birds can sometimes be adorable and ask for a little bit of affection, cuddling with chickens leads to salmonella infection. The violent outbreak is one of the most aggressive events related to salmonella in the past years. Summer time makes us even more vulnerable in front of the virus so besides the necessary protective measures, maybe we can avoid eating poultry or eggs at least until the summer ends.
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