Spring chicks may be carrying Salmonella

Fuzzy ChickieState health officials are urging parents to take extra precautions when handling baby chicks.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is warning that baby chicks that may be carrying Salmonella. Salmonella is commonly found in the droppings of poultry, and especially in droppings from baby chicks.

Angela Minicuci is with the MDCH. She says the biggest concern comes when baby chicks are handled by younger children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.

“Children younger than 5 years of age and older adults or people who are ill should not handle or touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry,” Minicuci said. “And if they do we need to insure that anyone who is touching or working with a young chick wash their hands with soap and warm water.”

A few other ways that people can protect themselves against salmonella are not kissing the chicks, keeping them away from where people eat or prepare food, and cleaning equipment to house and care for the chicks as needed.