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'Thousands' of Infections From 1 Poultry Hatchery

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How to Avoid Salmonella From Chicks, Ducklings, and Other Poultry

Young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are among the most vulnerable to salmonella infection.

The first rule about salmonella and poultry is not to give chicks or ducklings as gifts to young children. Give them stuffed animals instead.

But if you are part of the trend of keeping a backyard coop for eggs or meat, here's the CDC's advice:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live baby poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.
  • Don't let children younger than 5 years of age handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry.
  • Don't snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink around live baby poultry.
  • Don't let live baby poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens or outdoor patios.
  • Don't eat or drink in the area where the birds live or roam.
  • Don't clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry, such as cages or feed or water containers, inside the house.

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