Apparently healthy and clean poultry can be carrying Salmonella bacteria.
The U.S. CDC is investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry from backyard flocks. Almost 1000 people have been sickened, 215 of those required hospitalization. and one person has died. Researchers have isolated at least 10 different strains from those affected.
PositiveTip: Always wash your hands with soap and water after touching chickens and ducks.