A growing trend to raise backyard chickens has prompted federal health officials to remind people of the dangers of contracting Salmonella, a germ that naturally lives in the intestines of poultry. Always make sure you and your family members, especially children, wash your hands after touching a bird or anything in the area where they live and roam, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps, according to the CDC. Infants, older persons and those with a weakened immune system are at risk for developing serious illness. In severe cases, a person may need to be hospitalized and given antibiotics. Salmonella can be fatal.
Always seek a doctor’s advice.