Federal health officials said a Salmonella outbreak has been linked to exposure to wild songs and bird feeders, with 19 out of eight states sick, eight of whom have been hospitalized.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention It was investigating Salmonella infection In California, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington State, people aged 2 months to 89 years old.
Six cases were reported in Washington and six in Oregon.. There have been no deaths.
The CDC said public health officials across the country interviewed 13 of the infected people and asked them where they had come in contact with them a week before becoming ill. Nine They said they have a bird feeder, And two reported that they had come in contact with a sick or dead bird. The agency said ten people said they had pets or were in contact with wild birds.
To prevent further cases, the CDC recommends cleaning bird feeders and bird baths once a week or when dirty. People should avoid feeding wild birds with their bare hands, and wash their hands with soap and water after a bird feeder or bathe, or after handling the bird.
In California, where three human cases have been reported, the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department warns An outbreak in February, and reported that it was “full of calls” from people in California who discovered sick or dead finches at bird feeders.
Andrea Jones, director of bird conservation for Audabon california, The state had found that most of the birds affected by the outbreak were pine siskin, a Finch species that spends the winter in California. This year a large number of pine siskins gathered in California, which allowed it to spread among birds.
“It can happen any year, but it’s been a particularly bad year,” Ms Jones said. “Pine siskins are not very good at social distance.”
Sick birds can often look weak or lethargic, or have difficulty breathing, Ms. Jones said. He said that most birds die within 24 hours of being infected with Salmonella.
With many Pine Siskins now leaving California for Canada, Ms. Jones said she hoped the outbreak was about to come to an end.
Salmonella bacteria can spread from birds to pets and humans. According to CDC Children, people 65 and older may experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps anywhere from six hours to six days after infection, and people with weakened immune systems sometimes get worse with salmonella. Cases suffer, although most people recover within weeks or less of treatment.
Because many people recover quickly and are not tested for Salmonella, the CDC stated that it was likely that the true number of cases that resulted from the outbreak was much higher than the number of reported cases.
About 1.35 million cases of Salmonella occur each year in the United States. According to the CDC, about 26,500 of them require 420 results of hospitalization and death.