N.C. Public Health, NCDA&CS Veterinary Division encourage stores that sell or display chicks, ducklings to take precautions to protect public health
The N.C. Division of Public Health and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are asking stores that sell or display chicks, ducklings and other live poultry to help educate their employees and customers about certain health risks associated with handling these birds.
Poultry, including chicks and ducklings, may have Salmonella in their droppings and on their feathers, feet and beaks, even when they appear healthy and clean. Salmonella can also get on cages, coops, hay, plants and soil in the area where the poultry live and roam.
If people put their hands, or other things that have been in contact with poultry or their feces, in or around their mouth, they risk becoming infected with Salmonella. This can cause serious illness, particularly in young children.
The posters below provide good information to help the public understand the risks and how to minimize them. Stores are encouraged to display them to help educate their employees and the public.
Letter to poultry dealers from N.C. Public Health and the NCDA&CS