By ROBERT S. MERRILL
State health officials are reminding residents that it is not advisable for parents to consider giving children baby chicks and ducklings for an Easter gift this year.
Public health and agriculture officials encourage everyone to be aware of the risks of acquiring Salmonella, a potentially serious bacterial infection, from the birds.
“Raising chickens and ducks in urban settings for eggs and meat is gaining popularity. We want to be sure people understand the human health risks, along with the benefits associated with this practice,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, deputy state epidemiologist.
“Avoiding transmission of potentially harmful bacteria from poultry to people can be as easy as washing your hands thoroughly after handling the birds, keeping poultry out of the house and cleaning contaminated cages and other surfaces frequently. We also discourage giving young poultry as Easter gifts, if the long-term commitment to raising the birds is not considered.”
This story is sponsored by FCMC: Dr. Larsen and Jones, ACNP.
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