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Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal, CDC reports

Backyard Flocks Illnesses
In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 photo, Iolana Keith, of Des Moines, Iowa, feeds chickens in the backyard with her mom, Tanya Keith, in Des Moines. The trend of raising backyard chickens is causing a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases. For Tanya Keith, the nine hens and a rooster that she keeps behind her home in Des Moines provide fresh eggs and lessons for her three children about where food comes from. But even as her kids collect eggs and help keep the six nesting boxes

The popular trend of raising backyard chickens is bringing with it a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, some of them fatal, U.S. health officials say.

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