Pestilence Update

Salmonella alert: Backyard chickens have caused 21-state outbreak, CDC says

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Salmonella alert: Backyard chickens have caused 21-state outbreak, CDC says

Zlati Meyer. USA TODAY•May 19, 2019

Fifty-two people in 21 states have contracted salmonella from backyard poultry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.

Five patients have been hospitalized, and 28% of those sickened by these home-based chicks and ducklings are children under age 5. 

“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with backyard poultry from multiple hatcheries is the likely source of these outbreaks,” the CDC said. “People reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including agricultural stores, websites and hatcheries.”

The issue is that chickens and ducks with salmonella look healthy and clean, so people touch them or the areas where the birds live and then get infected.

A person who gets sick from the salmonella bacteria will have diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours afterward and remain sick for four to seven days, the CDC said. Most patients recover on their own.

Backyard poultry, especially chickens, have become popular pets in the U.S. Many owners continue to use them as a source for eggs and meat, too.

The state with the most cases in this outbreak is Ohio with nine, followed by Missouri with six, Pennsylvania with five, Tennessee and Virginia with four each and Mississippi with three. Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and Texas have two cases each, while Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming have one each.

The CDC’s tips for avoiding getting sick from salmonella include:

Always wash your hands with soap immediately after touching backyard chickens and ducks or the places where they live. If you can’t do that, use hand sanitizer instead.

Prohibit backyard poultry from coming into your house, especially places where you store, prepare and consume food and drinks.

Designate one pair of shoes to wear when taking care of the birds and then never wear them inside.

Don’t let children under age 5, adults over 65 and people with weakened immune systems touch the poultry.

Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry or let them touch your face.

Only clean your backyard poultry equipment, such as cages and feed, outdoors.

According to the CDC, approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are infected with salmonella each year. An estimated 23,000 need to be hospitalized and 450 die.

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