CDC reports salmonella outbreak caused by contact with wild birds in 8 states

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  • CDC reports salmonella outbreak caused by contact with wild birds in 8 states
  • Songbird Salmonella has infected people in eight states
  • At least 19 people were hospitalized according to the CDC report

The Centers for Disease Control in the United States (CDC) report a salmonella outbreak caused by contact with wild birds in at least eight states. They point out that there are 19 infections and eight hospitalizations, so far they have not reported deaths.

Last Friday, the CDC in the United States published a notice on the salmonella outbreak related to wild birds in states such as California, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

CDC warns of salmonella from bird contact

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“Interviews with sick people and laboratory tests of sick or dead birds show that contact with songbirds and wild feeders is likely making people sick in this outbreak,” noted the Centers for Disease Control.

In addition, the CDC reported that the aforementioned salmonella outbreak can make “both birds and humans” sick, as well as that salmonella “can be transmitted between species of birds, pets, and people.” The outbreak has landed at least eight people in the hospital.

How could they get sick?

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“You can get sick when you touch a wild bird or something in its environment, such as a bird feeder or a bird bath, and then touch your mouth or face with unwashed hands,” warn the Centers for Disease Control in its official website.

Following the announcement, they issued a series of recommendations to avoid catching the salmonella outbreak. “Always wash your hands immediately after touching a bird feeder, bird bath, or after touching a bird, even if you are wearing gloves,” was one of them.

They ‘look clean’ but might not be

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“Wild birds can carry Salmonella germs and still look healthy and clean,” highlights the CDC website, an agency that continued to issue recommendations regarding the recently detected outbreak such as: “Clean and disinfect your bird feeder and bathtub for birds weekly or when visibly dirty ”.

“Feeders should be cleaned outside your home when possible. If you clean it indoors, use a sink or a bathtub, and thoroughly clean and disinfect the area immediately afterward, ”lists the official CDC website for the 19 reported infections.

They warn what to do if you have birds

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Many people like to have birds as pets or feeders, in this situation the CDC issued a series of recommendations such as: “Do not touch or feed wild birds with bare hands, if you find a sick or dead bird, call the state agency of wildlife ”.

“If you find a sick or dead bird in your garden, remove the bird feeders and baths for two weeks and clean them outdoors,” adds the official statement from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States.

How serious can salmonella be from wild birds?

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Faced with the new salmonella outbreak, the CDC points out what the effects of getting this disease may be. “Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria,” indicates the official site.

However, “in some people, the disease can be so serious that the patient is hospitalized. Salmonella infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body, ”the CDC highlights.

How long does salmonella last and who is the most ‘vulnerable’?

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The salmonella from contact with birds reported by the CDC could last 4 to 7 days and, “most people recover without treatment,” the statement said. The same ad indicates who are the people most likely to become seriously ill.

“Children under the age of 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a serious illness,” the CDC notes. In a subsequent post, the agency revealed what the symptoms could be.

They warn of serious symptoms of salmonella

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After announcing the salmonella outbreak related to wild birds, the CDC warned about serious symptoms that could occur. In the first place is the diarrhea and fever higher than 38.8 degrees, in a second moment it would be the diarrhea that after 3 days does not improve.

Also, they warn serious symptoms such as “bloody diarrhea, so much vomiting that you cannot retain fluids, signs of dehydration, such as: Not urinating much, dry mouth and throat, feeling dizzy when standing up,” the CDC emphasizes while asking to call to your healthcare provider immediately.

Other animals with CDC reports of salmonella

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Salmonella has not been limited to wild birds, since according to another notice from the CDC on February 23, some small turtles could also carry this disease, which in the case of these animals caused 22 infections.

In addition to eight hospitalizations and one death. “Pet turtles can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to their bodies, the water in the tank and anything else in the area where they live and roam, ”says the advisory from the CDC.

They warn against buying ‘turtles with salmonella’

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The CDC was blunt in asking Americans not to buy “small turtles with shells less than 4 inches long,” since all the people infected with this salmonella outbreak had contact with a small turtle.

“These turtles can sometimes be found illegally in stores, flea markets and roadside stalls,” the notice states. In addition, they point out that turtles as pets are not recommended in homes with children under 5 years old and adults over 65 years old.

What to do if I have a pet turtle?

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The CDC recommends a series of actions if there are turtles in the home. “Don’t kiss or snuggle the turtles, and don’t eat or drink near them. This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick.
Keep your turtle out of your kitchen and other areas where it eats, stores or prepares food ”are some of the recommendations.

Again, the agency recalled the importance of cleaning “all supplies for turtles outside the house, if possible, including tanks, toys and feeders”, or if they are cleaned inside recommends not doing it “in the kitchen or other areas where you eat or prepare food ”.

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