Do you have backyard chickens? Expert urges precautions amid salmonella outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials have been investigating several outbreaks of salmonella linked to contact with backyard poultry.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 12:34 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 6:28 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Precautionary measures must be taken in backyard farming, the same as in industrial farming, the owner of Eugene Backyard Farmer says.

Bill Bezuck said he highly recommends people do not take their chickens into their homes, for example.

If chickens do come indoors, they could potentially track in their own feces and lead to diseases being spread to humans like salmonella.

MORE: PLEASE DON'T KISS YOUR CHICKENS, CDC SAYS

"Salmonella is the biggest one around here. If it's on their feathers, and you get it on your hands or on your face, you can get sick from it. So you don't want to be petting them so much or snuggling up to them," Kevin Prier, backyard farmer and owner of Suburban Homecraft, said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials have been investigating several outbreaks of salmonella linked to contact with backyard poultry.

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