Multi-state outbreaks of salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry
CDC and many states are investigating several outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with backyard poultry.
Since 2000, 76 Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to live poultry – 4,794 illnesses, 894 hospitalizations and 7 deaths.
The CDC offers these safe handling tips for eggs from backyard poultry
Always wash your hands with soap and water right after handling eggs, chickens, or anything in their environment.
Egg shells may become contaminated with Salmonella from poultry droppings (poop) or the area where they are laid.
Maintain a clean coop. Cleaning the coop, floor, nests and perches regularly will help to keep eggs clean.
Collect eggs often. Eggs that spend more time in the nest can get more poop on them, or break. Throw away cracked eggs.
Clean eggs that have dirt and debris with fine sandpaper, a brush, or cloth. Don’t wash eggs, because colder water can pull Salmonella on the egg shell into the egg.
Refrigerate eggs after collecting them.
Cook eggs thoroughly so that yolks are not runny and whites are firm. Raw and undercooked eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria that can make you sick.