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Urban Chickens as a Pathway for Human Illness? An Examination of Knowledge, Behavior, and Risk

Version 1 : Received: 17 February 2018 / Approved: 17 February 2018 / Online: 17 February 2018 (13:01:41 CET)

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Capoccia, S.; Masters, M.; Risser, S. Urban Chickens as a Pathway for Human Illness: An Examination of Knowledge, Behavior and Risk. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 25. Capoccia, S.; Masters, M.; Risser, S. Urban Chickens as a Pathway for Human Illness: An Examination of Knowledge, Behavior and Risk. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 25.

Journal reference: Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 25
DOI: 10.3390/urbansci2010025

Abstract

This research investigates the relationship among human knowledge, behavior, and risk as they relate to urban chicken husbandry in the U.S. Concern over zoonotic diseases has been on the rise, especially with increasing contact. In particular, avian influenza, or bird flu, Salmonella enterica (salmonella), and Escherichia coli (E. coli), can all cross species lines between people and poultry. This study analyzed knowledge and practices in urban chicken husbandry to assess how they relate to risk of disease acquisition, hypothesizing that certain practices associated with a lessened knowledge base may heighten the risk. This study used social surveys to examine the self-reported knowledge base of individuals involved in chicken husbandry as they relate to beliefs and behaviors associated with the care of these animals. These results identify key factors that may heighten the risk of disease transmission, and demonstrate that an increased knowledge base could act to lessen this risk.

Subject Areas

urban chickens; poultry; disease transmission; food security; risk; exposure; locavore; urban agriculture

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