Director gives warnings when handling poultry

19-06-2007 | |

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.
Dr 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.