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Easter Chicks May Carry Salmonella

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PASCO, Wash - Buying cute baby chicks for Easter is nothing new...
But, parents need to know that many kinds of baby animals can carry the harmful bacteria Salmonella.    

Children are exposed by simply holding, cuddling or kissing baby chicks, ducks and even reptiles. 

Children under five are at highest risk for illness.

"Salmonella is a very high risk for people under the age of 5 years old so those are the groups we really want to keep away, not only that,...those are children that do a lot of what we call hand to mouth contact. They touch the animal and then their mouth and that's how you get infected with salmonella...it comes through the mouth." Says Susan Shelton Environmental Health Specialist for Benton Franklin Health District.

Health officials remind you to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling pets.
Do not eat or drink around their living area.
And never wash birds' food or water dishes in kitchen sink.