Did you know baby birds can carry Salmonella?
Live baby poultry can carry Salmonella, which are harmful germs. Contact with live poultry – like chicks, chickens, ducklings, ducks, geese and turkeys – can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Between 1990-2014, there were 53 reported outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in the United States.
Animals can provide important opportunities for learning and entertainment. However, there is also a risk of getting hurt or sick from contact with animals. After you touch a baby bird or anything in the area where they live and roam, WASH YOUR HANDS so you don’t get sick. Each spring some children get infected with Salmonella, but you can get sick from these baby birds or adult birds at any time of year.