Backyard Poultry Breeders Need to Take Precautions to Prevent Salmonella

— Written By Keith Wood
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The North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) are telling Backyard poultry breeders they should take extra caution when working with poultry as North Carolina is part of a multi-state outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. The Centers for Disease Control has seen 26 cases in North Carolina. Overall, there have been seven separate outbreaks nationwide since January, several of which have included cases from North Carolina. There have been 35 states involved, with 324 reported infections, of which 66 cases involved hospitalization and there has been one reported death.

Despite the warning, this shouldn’t deter people from keeping their birds or starting a new hobby, says Dr. Sarah Mason, director of NCDA&CS poultry health programs. “Backyard poultry is a great hobby, and we encourage people to keep chickens if they take appropriate precautions to keep themselves, their families and surrounding poultry safe,” Mason said. “Poultry owners must remember that birds inherently have a degree of risk, and even though they feel like members of the family, birds should be kept out of human living areas.”  Map showing number of Salmonella cases per state and recommendations for backyard poultry owners.