The outbreak of Salmonella, which is linked to wild birds singing and poultry, has infected 19 people in eight states, eight of whom have been hospitalized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it investigates salmonella infections in people aged 2 months to 89 years in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
Six cases were reported in Washington and five in Oregon. No deaths were reported.
Health officials across the country interviewed 13 of the infected and asked them about the animals they had come in contact with a week before the illness. Nine said they were feeding the bird, and the two said they had been in contact with a sick or dead bird. According to the agency, ten people said that they have animals that are related to wild birds.
To prevent further occurrence, the CDC recommends cleaning bird feeders and bird baths once a week, or when they are dirty. People should avoid feeding wild birds with their bare hands,: should wash their hands with water հետո after touching the bird feeder or bath with soap or acting on the bird.
In California, where three human cases have been reported, the state’s wildlife department warned of an outbreak in February, saying it was “flooded by California residents” who found diseased or dead finches near poultry feed.
Andrea Ones, director of bird conservation at Audubon California, says the state has found that most of the birds affected by the outbreak are pine shrubs, a type of lake that overwinters in California. This year, a large number of pine cones were collected in California, which allowed the outbreak to spread among birds.
“It could be any year, but it was a particularly bad year,” said Ms. Ones. “Pine nuts are not very good for social distance.”
Ms. Ones says sick birds can often look weak or lethargic or seem to have difficulty breathing. He added that most birds die within 24 hours of being infected with salmonella.
Many pine trees are now moving from California to Canada, Ms. Owens said, adding that she hopes the outbreak is nearing completion.
Salmonella bacteria can be spread from birds to animals to humans. People can have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps six to six days after infection. According to the CDC, children 65 65 and older և People with a weakened immune system sometimes have worse cases of Salmonella, although many recover within a week or less without treatment. :
Because many people recover quickly and do not get tested for salmonella, the CDC says it is likely that the actual incidence of outbreaks is much higher than reported.
About 1.35 million cases of salmonella are reported each year in the United States. About 26,500 of them require hospitalization and 420 cause death