24 de agosto de 2017

SALUD : Dispara la Salmonela el snobismo por gallineros domésticos

Tucson, AZ.- Nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens, no cases in Pima County The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cited 961 cases across the nation of salmonella connected to human contact with live backyard chickens. Six cases have been reported in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Two were discovered in Navajo County, three in Maricopa County and one in Yuma County.  

The median age of those affected is 37-years old with 67 percent of victims being female, according to the AZDHS. On Tucson’s east side, Dennis Mizer tends to his flock of chickens around the clock. It’s a family affair. "They're pretty self-sustaining. My children enjoy helping me feed them. Helping me collect the eggs -- helping me take care of them,” Mizer said. For Mizer, raising chickens is more than just a mere hobby.

Through the community group called Tucson CLUCKS (Tucson City Living Urban Chicken Keeping Society) "Because of the health concerns, you shouldn't be holding your chicken like a baby. You shouldn't be snuggling with your chicken. You should never be kissing your chicken. As long they're able to take these steps. They can prevent the spread of disease,” Mizer said. People infected with salmonella experience a variety of symptoms. "It can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps,” said 

Michael Acoba, Pima County epidemiology program manager. While no cases linked to the backyard chickens have been cited in Pima County as of yet, Acoba said there’s still the potential risk of contracting the disease. That’s where efficient hygiene habits come into play. "Meticulous hand washing and cleaning of kitchen areas that come into contact with food is extremely important,” Acoba said.