The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning people of the risk of Salmonella infection associated with live poultry.
Those infected by Salmonella include 21 California residents from 15 counties.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 372 ill people in 47 states have been infected with several Salmonella strains that have been linked to live poultry contact.
Of those infected, 36 percent are children under 5-years-old.
71 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Health officials said the symptoms generally start within 12 to 72 hours after a person has been infected.
Most affected people do recover within a week without treatment.
The CDPH said outbreaks of Salmonella infections are on the rise because more people keep backyard flocks.
Live poultry especially baby ducks or chicks may have Salmonella in their feces and on their bodies which can get on the hands, or clothing of people who handle the birds.
The CDPH said if you have contact with live poultry they recommend the following:
-Always wash your hands with soap and water.
-Keep the live chickens, ducks and geese from coming into the house.
-Do not touch your mouth or eat or drink while near live poultry.