Six Washingtonians, including a Clark County resident, have been sickened by Salmonella Typhimurium, which officials say they believe is linked to wild songbirds, such as pine siskins.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported 19 cases of salmonella in eight states – six in Washington, including one each in Clark, King, Lewis, Kitsap, Spokane and Thurston counties. Three Washington cases have required hospitalization, according to a state Department of Health news release.
Salmonella germs can spread between species of birds, to pets and to people. Wild birds can carry the germs.