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Bird feeders can be put back out following salmonella scare

It’s all right to put bird feeders back out, now that salmonella-infected finches are returning to the Boreal forests in Canada and have other food sources to eat. 

From winter to early spring, birds like pine siskins migrate south to Washington state and other parts of the Pacific Northwest to feast on more available food options. This year the birds suffered from a salmonella outbreak, causing the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to urge people to take down their bird feeders while the finches visit. A large group of birds in one place could more easily spread the disease,

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Wildlife experts warn of salmonella infecting Kentucky birds

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A recent uptick in salmonella cases that could spread to humans has been plaguing some local birds, experts said.

“The CDC put out an announcement that there was a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak in songbirds including goldfinches and pine siskins that had been linked to some cases in humans,” said Christine Casey, the state wildlife veterinarian for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

If bird feeders are cared for improperly, the disease can spread to people across the state.

“With feeders sometimes it causes the birds to kinda group up, and that can cause transmission. It

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Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food recalled for potential Salmonella contamination

The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling certain Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food because of potential salmonella contamination, which can be dangerous to pets and people who handle the food. 

The recalled products were sold at select Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Surfaces not thoroughly washed after having contact with the recalled products or any surfaces exposed to these products are at risk of cross-contamination.

People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. 

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Concern Over Washington Songbird Salmonella Outbreak Wanes; Vigilance Still Encouraged

Janelle Retka / Yakima Herald-Republic

Warnings of sick songbirds contaminating feeders spread throughout Washington earlier this year and led to many bird lovers taking down feeders or ramping up their cleaning tactics.

The salmonellosis they carried was infecting other birds through droppings and saliva.

Things have improved lately, though the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife encourages people to continue to take cleaning precautions, especially after human salmonella cases tied to wild songbirds were reported nationwide.

What happened

The salmonellosis outbreak in Washington was occurring among songbirds, particularly pine siskins. The DFW first put out a notice of the outbreak in

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Six People in Washington Sickened by Salmonella Illness Linked to Wild Songbirds

By The Chronicle staff

Six Washington residents have been sickened as part of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly Pine Siskins.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a total of 19 cases of Salmonella in eight states. Washington state is currently reporting six cases, including one resident each in Lewis and Thurston counties.

Symptoms of salmonella can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal.

Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are at

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Washington State Health Officials say ‘Clean Your Bird Feeder’ After Six Washington Residents Fall ill With Salmonella | Local

OLYMPIA – Six Washington residents have been sickened as part of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly Pine Siskins.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a total of 19 cases of Salmonella in eight states. Washington state is currently reporting six cases, including residents of Clark (1), King (1), Lewis (1), Kitsap (1), Spokane (1) and Thurston (1) counties. Three Washington cases have required hospitalization.

Symptoms of Salmonella can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal. Infants, young children, the

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