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Vt. Health Dept. issues chick warning

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Baby chick season arrives with spring -- and it comes with a warning about Salmonella from the Vermont Health Department.

So far this season the department has investigated one case of an infant who had contact with baby poultry. Dozens of people in other states have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella this year.  It can be found in the chick's droppings, on the chicks themselves and in coops.

"We discourage children particularly from being in those environments and picking up the animals. If they do, be sure to practice proper hand hygiene through hand washing after," said the Health Department's Bradley Tompkins.

Tompkins says symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting and fever and may require hospitalization.  The infected Vermont child is recovering.

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