Apr 23, 2013 4:37 PM by Elaine Sheridan
The Pueblo City-County Health Department says several Salmonella cases have been reported in Pueblo.
Nine children, all under the age of 12 have been confirmed to have the bacteria. This happens this time of year because children are in contact with baby chicks. If you mess with chicks or ducklings, you should wash your hands thoroughly.
"It is recommended individuals wash their hands after contact with animals," stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, Public Health Director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
Salmonella carried in the intestines of chicks and ducklings contaminates their environment and the entire surface of the animal. Children can be exposed to the bacteria by simply holding, cuddling, or kissing the birds.
Dr. Nevin-Woods added, "Parents should be very cautious about children handling baby chicks and other young birds and ensure they wash hands thoroughly after any contact. Everyone should immediately wash their hands after touching birds, including baby chicks and ducklings, or the bird's environment."
Symptoms usually appear within a day or two and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Bed rest and liquids cure most people, but in severe cases you may need to see a doctor.