In the latest outbreak of Salmonella infection, over two hundred cases have been reported from 44 states. A quarter of those are children under 5 years of age. And nearly all cases have been traced back to contact with backyard poultry.
Salmonella is often spread by touching poultry or something in the birds’ environment. Poultry carrying Salmonella often appear healthy, but Salmonella infections can make people quite sick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, is reminding the public to wash their hands well with soap and water after handling poultry or anything in the birds’ environment. What’s more, children under 5 should not be allowed to touch poultry unless they’re with an adult.
And just so you know, the CDC says that unless you wash your hands 10 times every day, you’re probably not doing it enough.