Risk Of Human Salmonella Infections From Ducks and Geese

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RENO, NV.--The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says there has been multiple multistate outbreaks for human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry.

Chicks, ducklings and geese can carry Salmonella. The live poultry could have germs in their droppings and on their bodies even when they appear to be healthy and clean.

The germs can get on cages, coops, hay, plants and soil where the birds live and roam.

There are several areas around the Truckee Meadows where birds reside, so it's important to be aware of your surroundings.

The germs can spread to your hands, shoes and clothing if you are around the birds. The CDC says people become infected with Salmonella when they put their hands on other things that have been in contact with feces in or around their mouth.

Cases of salmonella linked to live poultry have not been confirmed in the Truckee Meadows, but the CDC says it's always a good idea to be cautious.

Ways to avoid becoming infected with Salmonella:
-Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
-Don't let children younger than five years old handle or touch chick, ducklings or other live poultry.
-Don't eat or drink in the area where the birds live or roam.
-Don't give live baby poultry as gifts to young children.
-If you walk around an area where there are bird droppings, leave shoes outside so the germs don't come into your home.