Chicks, ducklings, and other poultry can carry Salmonella. Live poultry may haveSalmonella germs in their droppings and on their bodies (feathers, feet, and beaks) even when they appear healthy and clean.
While it usually doesn't make the birds sick, Salmonella can cause serious illness when it is passed to people. Salmonella germs can cause a diarrheal illness in people that can be mild, severe, or even life threatening. Infants, seniors, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness. These simple steps will help protect yourself and others from getting sick:
Learn more about the risk of human Salmonella Infections from live poultry here.
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