Friday, April 6, 2012

Salmonella from baby chicks

Traditional springtime activities may include purchasing baby chicks. Baby chicks can be wonderful pets, but it is important to know that even healthy-looking chicks may be carrying dangerous germs called Salmonella.

Keep kids from getting sick by making sure they:
  • Do not put their hands in their mouths after touching chicks
  • Do not kiss chicks on their beak or feathers
  • Do not handle or clean cages or food containers
  • Do not eat or drink near baby chicks
  • Do not put their mouths on objects that have been near chicks or their cages

Children younger than five should not handle baby chicks, but if they do, be sure you:
  • Keep chicks out of the kitchen and other living areas
  • Wash children’s hands thoroughly with plenty of running water and soap after contact with chicks
  • Contact your health care provider or go to a clinic if your child has diarrhea or vomiting

For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/mZF 

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