With Easter just around the corner parents may be looking to purchase baby chicks for their children. The local health department is saying although they are adorable , they could be dangerous.
According to the Centers for Disease Control since the 1990's, 45 salmonella outbreaks have been linked to live poultry. The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department's Kristen Baker says people handling live animals are susceptible to the disease especially young children.
"They are putting them towards their mouths or putting their hands in their mouths. It's important to watch them and make sure that they are washing their hands because it goes a long way in the prevention of illnesses such as salmonella, " said Baker.
Baker says the symptoms of salmonella and other food born illnesses are easy to detect and if you feel any of them you should call a doctor right away.
" You're going to get your vomiting and diarrhea and it will last longer than other GI illnesses such as the neurovirus. It will typically last a lot longer and their might be blood in your stool, " said Baker.
The Health Department would like to remind the public that "chicks are not for kissing and lizards are not for licking". For more information about handling live animals you can visit the CDC's website.