Protect Children With Safe Easter Traditions

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages parents to use caution this Easter weekend with some traditions that put children at risk for disease.

Young chicks and ducklings that are often given as gifts can carry harmful bacteria called Salmonella. A child who pets, holds, hugs or kisses the birds may be exposed to the bacteria and may become seriously ill.

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Children are most at risk for infection from Salmonella because their immune systems are still developing and they are more likely than adults to put their fingers in their mouths. Other people who are at increased risk are people with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, senior adults and people with suppressed immune systems.

To protect children this Easter:

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