Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella
Backyard chickens have become a coveted suburban accessory, one that packages cuteness, convenience and local food production in one fluffy feathered package.
But animal husbandry can be a nasty business, a fact that’s often glossed over by poultry partisans like Martha Stewart and New Yorker writer Susan Orlean.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report doesn’t do gloss. In its latest edition, this chronicle of all things contagious reports on a 2012 salmonella outbreak among 195 people in 27 states.
Most had had contact with live chickens, and many had purchased the birds from an Ohio mail-order hatchery for backyard flocks.