More recalls on foods distributed in Alaska, for potential salmonella, botulism

The most recent illnesses began on June 21, with 88 of the cases reported in the last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said in an advisory.

"A lot of people perceive a bird with salmonella will look sick, but that is really not the case", Dr. Megin Nichols, a CDC veterinarian, told CNN after an outbreak past year.

The CDC reports six different strains of salmonella bacteria have been found in 44 states, including Florida and Georgia. There are no deaths attributed to the illness.

Jamieson told CBC News on Tuesday that a whey powder contaminated with salmonella is to blame in all three of those cases.

"Epidemiologic, tracebook, and laboratory findings link these outbreaks to contact with live poultry such as chicks and ducklings, which come from multiple hatcheries", the CDC says. Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Usually, people recover in a few days without treatment, but in rare cases it can be fatal, and the elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable.

"A lot of people don't realize these cute little fuzzy animals carry microbes that carry bacteria harmful to us", she said in March.

So far, there has been no indication of anyone getting sick as a result of the products involved in each of the recalls.

More than a quarter of those sickened are children under the age of 5.

If you're really loving your backyard chickens and all those fresh eggs, you might be giving your flock a little bit of extra attention - and some snuggles and kisses.

But the basics start with always washing hands with soap and water after touching the birds or anything in their environment.

If you have chickens outside your home, you should be careful.

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