Health Department Issues Tips For Cutting Risk Of Salmonella Infection From Live Poultry

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Following an announcement Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control[1] is conducting a multi-state investigation into a salmonella[2] outbreak traced to a chicken hatchery in Springfield, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department stresses the following hygiene tips and frequently asked questions.

You can reduce the risk of salmonella infection from live poultry by doing the following:

Do not let children younger than 5 years of age handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry without supervision.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Avoid touching your mouth before washing your hands. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.

Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.

Wash hands after removing soiled clothes and shoes.

Do not eat or drink in the area where the birds live or roam.

Do not let live poultry inside the house or in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens, pantries, or outdoor patios.

If you collect eggs from hens, cook them thoroughly before eating. If you consume the chicken meat, cook it thoroughly to 165 degrees before eating.

If you have free-roaming live poultry, assume that where they live and roam is contaminated.

Clean equipment and materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry, such as cages, feed containers, and water containers outside the house, not inside.

Frequently Asked Questions

I bought chicks from Estes Hatchery should I be concerned?

Estes has passed all USDA[3] inspections and is cooperating with state and CDC officials in the investigation. If you follow the above hygiene guidelines, there is no reason for an extraordinary level of concern. However, there is always an inherent risk of salmonella infection any time a person handles or comes in close contact with live poultry.

How common are salmonella infections?

Every year, approximately 42,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be many times greater, according to the CDC. Salmonellosis is more common in the summer than winter.

Who is most at risk?

Young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are the most likely to have severe infections. Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis, and are especially at risk for illness because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely to put their fingers or other items into their mouths. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other persons. It is estimated that approximately 400 people die each year with acute salmonellosis.

What are the symptoms?

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea[4], fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Where does salmonella live?

Its common for chickens, ducks, and other poultry to carry salmonella, a germ that naturally lives in the intestines of many animals and is shed in droppings or feces. Live poultry may have salmonella germs on their bodies (including feathers, feet, and beaks) even when they appear healthy and clean. The germs can also get on cages, coops, hay, plants, and soil in the area where the birds live and roam. Additionally, the germs can be found on the hands, shoes, and clothing of those who handle the birds, or work or play where they live and roam.

Are there long-term consequences to a salmonella infection?

People with diarrhea usually recover completely, although it may be several months before their bowel habits are entirely normal. A small number of those with salmonella develop pain in their joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. This is called reactive arthritis[5]. It can last for months or years, and can lead to chronic arthritis which is difficult to treat. Antibiotic treatment does not make a difference in whether or not the person develops arthritis.

For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205[6].




  1. ^ U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.ky3.com)
  2. ^ Salmonella Infection (www.ky3.com)
  3. ^ U.S. Department of Agriculture (www.ky3.com)
  4. ^ Diarrhea (www.ky3.com)
  5. ^ Arthritis (www.ky3.com)
  6. ^ (417) 874-1205 (www.ky3.com)

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    Health Tips!!!!!!!!!!!? I have lettuce…. Any ideas what I could put in it to make it less boring but still healthy?

    Any more healthy food ideas would be great too.

    Any health tips period would be great lol


      • HealthNut
      • July 6, 2012

      Strawberries, cut up and put in the salad 🙂 Also, raspberry vinaigrette, croutons, tiny little seeds, celery, cucumber, carrots, even little cubes of cheese and raisins 🙂

      Hope this helps! 🙂

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    Health Tips? I am only 5’2, and 130 pounds. I would like to lose some fat and become more toned. Is running a good way to shed fat, or is walking the way to go. Also, anyone with tips on how to trim thighs I will thank you forever.

      • HealthNut
      • July 6, 2012

      Here is what you need to do, if you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off. Eat 6 small meals a day about every 4 hours. Here what that will do for you, your metabolism will increase (i.e. Loose weight) and you will have more engry. If you go on a diet and eat less, your metabolism will slow down and store to fat. That is why diets dont work. Only the size of your fist, carbs (examples:baked potato, pasta, oatmeal, beans, corn, melon, apples, fat free yogurt, whole wheat breads)in one and protien (examples:chicken breast, swordfish, shrimp, turkey breast) in the other. You can also eat vegetables and salads with any meal, they dont have none or little fat). 30min cardo exercise every day. Any of these(examples: walking, jogging, swimming,running, biking, ect), Monday cardo, tues upper body (arms: curls, tricep extensions,pull ups, front press)(abdominals: leg pull crunch, leg raises), (chest: bench press, butterfly, pullover)(shoulders: front press, arm pullover, cross county skier machine)(back:seated row, lat pull downs, back extension)(YOU DONT HAVE TO DO IN ONE DAY, mix it up) wed cardo, thurs lower body (legs: leg pull,leg press, squats, lounges) fri cardo, sat upper. Sunday eat anything you want and dont exercising, you do this on sunday so your body doesnt go into starvation mode. YOU NEED TO TAKE SUNDAY OFF. If you stilck with this you will have a great body. also drink aleast 8oz of water daily! Stay away from Mcdonals, Wendys, ect because there is nothing good for you on the menu’s even the salads are bad (beaon bits, cheeze, dressing, ect) Good Luck 🙂

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    Health Tips And Vitamins I Should Take Being A Growing Teen? Anyone recommend any daily vitamins i should take? please provide the store i can get em at and the price. what it does and all the details please. also any random health tips would be appreciated. thanks.

      • HealthNut
      • July 6, 2012

      A multi vitamin suh as centrum is good. Flaxseed oil capsules are great as well.

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    Any Health Or Beauty Tips You Know About Weightloss, Looks, Health Etc? I want to try and be heathlier and feel better about myself because at the moment I have really low self esteem and I want to know any health tips you guys can give me.
    – How to lose weight safely
    – How to brush your hair or teeth properly
    – How to apply makeup
    – A good cleanser that won’t harm your skin.

    Basically just anything you know about being healthy or anything you can think of.

    Person with the most tips gets best answer!

      • HealthNut
      • July 6, 2012

      Hi Kara!

      I have dealt with this problem of weight lose (and low self esteem too!) for a couple of years now. But now I reached a point where I know if I will not do something for myself, no one will do it…So, here is a list of some questions/ideas that I think you will find useful and by answering to these question you will have some ideas on what to work on.

      1. Make the time to focus on health.

      2. Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.

      3. How much are you eating?

      4. Drink WATER!

      5. How much do you move each day?

      Hope you will be ok soon!



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