Baby chicks and ducklings (poultry) are cute and especially popular this time of year, but they can carry Salmonella. Salmonella is a germ that can make people sick with diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps.
So, it’s important to know that there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from getting Salmonella.
Steps to Reduce the Risk of Salmonella Infection
- Always wash hands immediately after touching live poultry.
- Adults should help children with washing their hands.
- Give live poultry their own space to live, outside of your home.
- Clean any equipment or material associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside your home.
- Don’t snuggle or kiss live poultry, or eat or drink around live poultry.
- Children younger than 5 years of age and other high-risk individuals including pregnant women, older persons and persons with weak immune systems, should not handle or touch chicks, ducklings and other live poultry. These animals should not be kept as pets in households with these high-risk individuals.
If your child is younger than five years of age, consider giving your child a stuffed animal rather than a live animal.
For more information, please visit this CDC web site, www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellababybirds/