Having chickens in your home can cause you serious health problems, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In the United States, many people have chosen to raise chickens and have them in the backyards of their homes or inside the house, and this phenomenon has increased the cases of salmonella, a disease characterized by the appearance of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea , nausea and sometimes vomiting.
According to the Infobae publication, this has caused an “emerging public health trend” in the form of outbreaks and is increasing more and more.
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The study shows that this situation is becoming acute and in some cases causes death. In addition, the fact that people kiss their chickens or allow them to be inside the house is a situation that further aggravates the situation, since this is considered a “high risk practice”, especially if the chickens start to be considered as pets.
Salmonella infections originate with bacteria that leave the intestines of animals and that come out through the faeces, is transmitted to people through contaminated water or food. In the United States the most recent cases have been due to the contact that people have had with the animals of the pen.
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Some findings of the CDC are that from 1990 to 2014 there were 53 salmonella outbreaks caused by poultry and the total number of people infected was 2 thousand 630. Of these cases, 387 were hospitalized and five died.
Between 1990 and 2005 there were four outbreaks a year, six out of ten people said they had been exposed to chickens and 74% of the population said they had them at home.
The study concludes that one way to avoid the disease, and especially in children, is to wash their hands regularly and not caress the chickens.