According to federal health officials, outbreaks of salmonella associated with wild songbirds and contact with bird feeders have affected 19 people in eight states, eight of whom have been hospitalized.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention He said he was investigating Salmonella infections People in the age groups from 2 months to 89 years in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
Six cases were reported in Washington and five cases were reported in Oregon... No deaths have been reported.
According to the CDC, public health officials across the country interviewed 13 infected people and asked about the animals they had contacted a week before they became ill.Nine They said they own a bird feeder, And two reported contact with sick or dead birds. According to the agency, 10 people had pets that approached or came into contact with wild birds.
To prevent further cases, the CDC recommends cleaning bird feeders and bird baths once a week or when they become dirty. Avoid feeding wild birds with bare hands, and wash your hands with soap and water after touching bird feeders or baths, or after handling birds.
In California, where three human cases have been reported, Fish and Wildlife Service warns He reported the outbreak in February and reported a “phone flood” from Californians who found a sick or dead feeder in a bird feeder.
Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation Audubon CaliforniaThe state said that most of the affected birds were pine siskin, a finch species that spends the winter in California. This year, a large number of pine siskins gathered in California, and the outbreak spread among birds.
“It can happen at any time, but this year was a particularly bad year,” Jones said. “Pine siskin is not very good at extending social distance.”
Sick birds often appear weak or lethargic, or have difficulty breathing, Jones said. She added that most birds die within 24 hours of being infected with Salmonella.
Jones said many pine siskins are now leaving California for Canada, adding that they hope the outbreak is nearing its end.
Salmonella can spread from birds to pets to humans. According to a child with CDC, an adult over the age of 65, people can experience diarrhea, fever, and gastric spasm for 6 hours to 6 days after infection, and people with a weakened immune system suffer from exacerbation of Salmonella. However, most people have less than a week without treatment.
The CDC said the actual number of cases resulting from the outbreak was likely to be much higher than the reported number, as many people recovered quickly and were not tested for Salmonella.
About 1.35 million Salmonella are reported each year in the United States. According to the CDC, about 26,500 of them require hospitalization and 420 have died.
According to the CDC, the outbreak of Salmonella is associated with wild birds and feeding boxes.
Source link According to the CDC, the outbreak of Salmonella is associated with wild birds and feeding boxes.