From the CDC lab reports:From the first article
“Salmonellis is almost exclusively reported from locations with bird feeders where birds congregate,” the CDFW said."
So, common sense, and 63 years of observation, tells me the "where birds congregate" is BS.
That leaves "bird feeders" suspect.... and, specifically, what's in them.
"WGS showed that bacteria from sick people’s samples are closely related genetically. This means that people in this outbreak likely got sick from contact with the same source.
Officials in Oregon and Washington collected samples from sick or dead wild pine siskin birds. WGS analysis showed that the Salmonella from the pine siskins are closely related to bacteria from sick people."
All this means, and they neglected to mention, is that both the birds and the people got sick from the same source.... the one thing they all had in common was physical contact with was the bird seed in the feeders.
What they're not saying speaks volumes, imo.
Whenever there is a human salmonella outbreak what's the first thing they do? Locate the food source of the bacteria. They don't blame it on the grocery stores, or restaurants.