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Popular Easter gift for kids could carry salmonella

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A popular Easter gift could actually make your child sick.

Officials at the Adams County Health Department say giving your child a baby chick or duckling for Easter isn't the best idea.

They say animals can carry salmonella that can make your child sick.

Salmonella germs are shed in their droppings and can easily contaminate their bodies and anything in the areas where the birds are kept, which could put young children at risk for catching the bacteria.

"A child may pick one up, kiss it, pet it, whatever, and then not wash their hands and that could cause them, especially small children will put their hands in their mouths, and that's a way of transmitting salmonella," said Karen Spring, a registered nurse and communicable disease specialist for the Adams County Health Department.

Spring says symptoms of salmonella poisoning include extreme diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Spring says if you still plan to give your child one of the birds as an Easter present, make sure to wash your hands and the birds living environment regularly.

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