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CDC: Backyard chickens responsible for salmonella outbreak



Backyard chickens responsible for salmonella outbreak. (KTUL)

Her name is Rinda Myers, but she is known in Tulsa as the local chicken expert.

"I'm a bit of a chicken doctor for Tulsa," Myers said.

She has bred chickens in her home in Coweta for the past five years.

When she heard of a report of an outbreak of Salmonella, she was curious.

When she made the Centers for Disease Control responsible for this outbreak on backyard hens, she was a little upset.

"The risks are actually quite minimal," Myers said.

She says Salmonella is always a problem with backyard hens, but there is a greater risk of factory farming where chickens are often crammed together.

"Lack of sunlight, lack of ventilation, lack of cleanliness, these are huge risk factors for salmonella, and you have them in the factory environment," Myers said.

Meyers said if you buy eggs from a backyard vendor, you should not worry too much about salmonella

"If the eggs are kept clean, refrigerate, cook thoroughly, you will not have any problems with salmonella from backyard chicken eggs "Myers said.

To see the full report of the CDC on salmonella and backyard chickens, click here.


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