Decreasing the spread of Salmonella when handling livestock

Feb 27 2019

Federal and state health officials said a multi-state outbreak of salmonella bacteria is linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased here in Wisconsin. That salmonella is resistant to several drugs. Wisconsin has the most cases with 12 people infected in eight states. Dr. Heather Schlesser with the UW-Extension here in Marathon County stopped by NewsChannel 7 at Noon Monday to help us decrease the spread.


Here are the recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services:


*Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after you are done touching or working with livestock, handling equipment used on animals, or coming into contact with anything in the area where animals are present.


*Use separate shoes, work gloves and clothing when working with livestock.


*Do not eat or drink in the areas where livestock are present.


*Supervise small children during any animal encounter and discourage behaviors that can increase their risk of illness.


*Young children and immune-compromised persons should avoid direct contact with calves, especially those with diarrhea (scours).

*Do not allow toys, pacifiers, spill-proof cups, baby bottles, strollers or similar items in livestock areas.


*Work with your veterinarian to keep your livestock healthy.


*Do not drink unpasteurized milk.


*Increase biosecurity measures.