(HealthDay News) -- Baby chicks may be cute and cuddly, but they can harbor dangerous salmonella bacteria.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to help prevent salmonella infection from handling baby chicks:
- After touching baby chicks or anything in their environment, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't immediately available.
- Make sure any food/water containers and cages for baby chicks are cleaned outside the home.
- Never let children younger than age 5 handle baby poultry. Adults should always supervise older children.
- People with weakened immune systems, including seniors, should not handle young poultry.
- Avoid kissing baby chicks, do not eat or drink around them and do not allow them in areas where people may eat or drink.
- Don't allow baby chicks inside the home.
-- Diana Kohnle
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