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FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders appears to be the cause of a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 19 people in eight states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
The illnesses have been reported in California, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington state. Eight people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.
The outbreak is making both birds and people sick. Salmonella can spread between species of birds, to pets, and to people, the CDC said.
Wild birds can carry salmonella and still appear healthy and clean. You can get salmonella from touching a wild bird or something in its environment, such as a bird feeder or bird bath, and then touching your mouth or face with unwashed hands.
The CDC offered the following advice:
- Always wash your