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March 26, 2013

Officials warn of salmonella dangers from baby poultry

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Oklahoma City —

• Keep baby birds in a designated area away from family living spaces.  Do not allow them to roam freely in the house, especially in areas where food or drinks are prepared or served.

• Do not allow children to handle baby birds in other settings such as childcare centers, farm stores, or schools.  If they do so, ensure they wash their hands with soap and water after touching baby birds or anything in their environment. 

• Pacifiers, toys, or other objects should not come in contact with baby birds or their enclosures.  Wash objects that come in contact thoroughly with soap and water.

• Avoid eating or drinking around baby birds, especially when handling them.

 For more information regarding safe handling of baby birds and prevention of diarrheal illnesses, visit www.health.ok.gov  or www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellababybirds/.

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