chickWith Easter right around the corner, little ones in Arizona may be coming into contact with baby chicks or ducklings at festivals, egg hunts, or petting zoos. While these

baby birds are cute, they are also common carriers of Salmonella bacteria . Salmonella bacteria can cause infections in people, with symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramping. Kids under five, the elderly, and people with other illnesses like cancer or HIV are most at risk of serious Salmonella infections.

The good news is that you can enjoy Easter festivities without risk of Salmonella infection by following a few simple tips:

  • Always wash your hands (and your kids’ hands) with soap and water after touching chicks, ducklings, or their environment.
  • As cute as they may be, supervise your children to make sure they aren’t kissing or nuzzling those baby birds.
  • Don’t eat or drink while handling the chicks or ducklings.
  • Keep birds away from places where you are serving or preparing food.
  • If you’re looking to give chicks or ducklings as Easter gifts, opt for the stuffed animal version instead!

You can visit the CDC’s website to learn more about staying safe around pet birds.