The Cass County Extension Office is warning those who own chickens to be on the lookout for a new Salmonella outbreak.
According to a statement from the Texas Animal Commission, “An ongoing Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 611 people in 45 states, including Texas, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak has been linked to live poultry in backyard flocks.
By following these simple guidelines you can help minimize the risk.
- Keep Your Distance – Restrict access to your property and your poultry, and post a sign.
- Keep It Clean – Wear clean clothes, scrub your shoes/boots with disinfectant, and wash hands thoroughly.
- Don’t Haul Disease Home – If you have shown birds at a fair or exhibition or are bringing in new animals, keep them separated from the rest of your flock for 30 days after the event.
- Don’t Borrow Disease From Your Neighbor – Do not share equipment, tools, or other supplies with your neighbors or other livestock or poultry owners. • Look For Signs of Infectious Diseases – You should know what diseases are of concern to your flock and be on the lookout for unusual signs or behavior, severe illness and/or sudden deaths.
- Report Sick Animals – Don’t wait. Report serious or unusual animal health problems to your veterinarian, State or Federal animal health officials or local extension office.