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As the trend of backyard flock tending skyrocketed in recent years, so has deadly infections, the Associated Press reports.
Since 2015, the number of Salmonella infections from contact with backyard poultry has quadrupled across the nation.

This year, nearly every state has been pecked by outbreak strains; only Alaska and Delaware can crow about dodging them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 1,120 cases. Nearly 250 of those involved hospitalization, and one person died.
But that is likely just scratching the surface of the real numbers, according to CDC veterinarian Megin Nichols. “For one Salmonella case we know of in an outbreak, there are up to 30 others that we don’t know about,” she told the AP.
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