More than 900 people in 48 states are infected with salmonella and their illnesses are likely linked to poultry such as chickens and ducks, the CDC said.
As of this week, 938 people were infected with salmonella in 2020. The cases have almost doubled in the last month; 473 people fell ill after the last case report in June, the CDC reported.
The alleged culprit in this outbreak is poultry. Public health officials interviewed more than 400 of the people who contracted salmonella, and 74% said they had been in contact with chickens and ducks.
Since the first disease was reported in January, the CDC said 1
The CDC does not speculate as to why more people are infected in 2020 than years ago. The schedule of reported cases shows that the cases started to develop at the end of March. The cases are usually thorns in the spring, when poultry farming is most popular, according to the CDC.
Chickens and ducks can carry salmonella in their digestive tract, which does not harm them, but can cause diarrhea, fever and painful cramps in people who are exposed to bacteria in the feathers or eggs of birds or in their droppings.
Frequent hand washing after working with any animals or any objects in their environment, such as eggs, is the best way to prevent infection, says the CDC.
The CDC also encourages poultry owners to refrain from kissing or picking up their animals or letting them into the house. It is also best to keep children under 5 away from animals, as young children are more likely to become seriously ill from the infection.
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