Backyard Chickens to Blame for Salmonella outbreak in Kentucky

(CNN)Over 900 people in 48 states have been infected with salmonella, and their illnesses are likely linked to backyard poultry like chicks and ducklings.

The outbreaks aren’t uncommon for this time of year — but this year’s outbreak has sickened more people than in past outbreaks, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far, outbreaks found in Kentucky and Oregon, have been linked to poultry and their coops.

Chicks and ducks can carry salmonella in their digestive tract, which doesn’t harm them but can cause diarrhea, fever and painful cramps in humans who are exposed to the bacteria on the birds’ feathers or eggs or in their droppings.