It’s Spring time and now the birds are out and chirping. While it’s great to finally have them back, it seems like it might come with a price. According to FoxNews.com, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has linked 19 illnesses including 8 hospitalizations with wild songbirds. The farthest back case came on December 26th, 2020 and the CDC said that the bacteria from people with the illness were closely related to wild pine siskin birds.
Officials say it’s likely contact with these birds and bird feeders are leading people to get sick. The CDC also warns that the number of cases is actually much higher than 19. People can recover from salmonella fairly quick. They may get over the sickness without any medical care. The germs can still travel between birds, other animals, and people. The CDC recommends cleaning all bird baths and feeders to avoid getting sick.