Are you planning on raising a flock of ducks or chickens this spring?
Health experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services want people to know about the potential for baby poultry to carry Salmonella bacteria which can make people sick.
If proper precautions are not taken, even handling baby birds displayed in stores can cause a Salmonella infection.
Salmonella usually doesn’t make the birds sick but can make people sick.
Symptoms of Salmonella include:
- Abdominal cramps lasting four to seven days or more.
Here are steps you can follow to keep your family healthy:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching birds or anything in their environment. Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.
- Use hand sanitizer after touching birds or their environment until you can wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Do not kiss or snuggle birds, touch your mouth or eat or drink around live poultry.
- Don’t let children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65 or people with weakened immune systems from conditions such as cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS or organ transplants, handle or touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry.
- Do not keep live poultry inside the house where people live, eat or sleep.
- Keep live poultry away from areas where food or drink is prepared, served or stored, such as kitchens or outdoor patios.
- Frequently clean all equipment such as cages, feed, water containers and other materials associated with raising or caring for poultry. Always clean equipment outdoors.
- Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while caring for poultry and keep those shoes outside the home.
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