Local Public Health Alert: COVID-19 infection rates remain high in Mesa County.  Click here to learn more.

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avoid salmonella infection, tend to backyard
flocks carefully
  • More than 300 people have been
    infected with Salmonella in a recent multistate outbreak linked to live poultry
    in backyard flocks.
  • Three of those cases originated in
    Colorado.
  • Many Mesa County residents keep
    backyard flocks and should take precautions to avoid getting sick. Even
    organically fed poultry can have Salmonella.
  • Chicks, ducklings and other live
    poultry can carry Salmonella in their
    droppings and on their bodies (feathers, feet and beaks), even when they appear
    to be healthy and clean.
  • Persons with Salmonella infection may develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps
    12 – 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 – 7 days.
  • Children younger than five years,
    adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems should not handle
    or touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap
    and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where the
    birds live and roam.
  • Do not let live poultry inside the
    house and do not snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink
    around live poultry.
  • Mesa County Health Department
    investigates cases of Salmonella in
    the county.

sign up for recalls to stay up to date
  • Mesa County Health Department receives
    multiple food recall alerts each week. Although we post those recalls on our
    social media pages, we do not include other product recalls.
  • Recalls can mean the difference
    between life and death, especially when it comes to bacterial outbreaks,
    unlisted allergens or unsafe products.
  • Stay up to date with all product
    recalls. Sign up for email alerts.
    • Visit www.recalls.gov
      and click on “Sign Up for E-Mail.”
    • Enter your email address in the fields
      you’re interested in.
  • Some of the most recent recalls include:
    • Clif Bar & Company’s CLIF BAR® Nut & Seeds
      energy bars, CLIF BAR® Sierra Trail Mix energy bars and CLIF® Mojo®
      Mountain Mix® trail mix bars due to possible Listeria contamination.
    • Some Graco Children’s Products Inc. Graco
      TurboBooster booster
      seats
      . Instructions for the seats are missing information that
      seats should be securely belted to the vehicle at all times, even if the seat
      is unoccupied.
    • Debco Bag ceramic
      mugs due to possible burn or laceration hazards, as mug handles can break.