There's a lot of simple wisdom in that directive from the CDC: wash your hands. In fact, the CDC directive applies to reducing risk of transferring diseases to humans from any animals. Well, except for the danger cats pose to pregnant women.
Looking back over four years ago, I published on this blog a series of posts exploring some of the more common concerns I see raised in the debate to allow urban chickens:
- urban chickens and salmonella fears
- what to do with the poop
- the cost to enforce urban chicken laws
- urban chickens: solving the spread of bird flu
Flickr Photo credit: Microbe World
I was thinking about this yesterday as I was visiting with my sister and nephew. They were showing his new pets: a ball python and a bearded dragon. I handled them both, but then went and washed my hands before touching my face. These pets can carry salmonella, too, but as can turtles. Yet there is little talk of banning them. Ugh.
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