Salmonella Outbreak in the US Due to People Kissing Chickens – A big salmonella outbreak in the US has infected at least 181 people in 40 states. And it’s been caused, in part, by people getting a little too close to their live poultry.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,”Eighty-six percent of the ill people who were interviewed reported contact with live poultry in the week before their illness began…. Many people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry. … Most people get salmonella by eating or handling infected foods, such as raw chicken, or coming into contact with live animals that are carrying the bacteria. In this case however, that contact appears to be a little more intimate than usual.”
Some people with salmonella infection may develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 8 to 72 hours, although many may not experience any symptoms at all. The infection does not require any specific treatment; those infected usually recover in a few days. In some cases, individuals may develop severe dehydration requiring medical attention. Salmonella infection can be deadly if it spreads beyond the intestines.