Director gives warnings when handling poultry
Illinois public health director is warning the public
about the risk of diseases that could be associated when handling birds, such as
chicks and ducks.
There have been two Illinois Salmonella cases originating from separate
households in Madison County that match a multi-state outbreak pattern linked to
contact with birds, namely ducklings and chicks. In both of these cases,
contact with birds purchased from the same local chain feed store were reported.
It is not yet known how many locations across Illinois have received infected
birds so anyone purchasing animals needs to be cautious.
Eric E. Whitaker
warns that salmonellosis can be contracted
through contact with birds, including handling, cleaning cages, feeding and
touching them. He advised that one should always wash ones hands thoroughly
after contact with any animal.
Symptoms of salmonellosis in people can last a week, and symptoms include
diarrhoea and fever.
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