Reduce the risk of human Salmonella Infections from live baby poultry.
Live poultry, such as chicks, ducklings, goslings, baby turkeys, and adult birds can spread Salmonella infection. Children may be exposed to Salmonella by holding, cuddling, or kissing the birds and by touching items where the bird lives, such as cages, feed or water bowls. Young children are especially at risk for illness because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely than others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths.
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Wash Your Hands So You Don’t Get Sick!
Your animals, especially kittens and puppies may be carrying worms. Guess what? These could be passed to you or your children!
It is a condition in children caused by migratory larvae of nematodes (Roundworms) like those found in the intestines of cats and dogs. Since these worms can't reproduce in humans, they wander throughout the body, invading the heart, the nervous system, and the eye (which can result in blindness - Ocular Larval Migrans).
Species most likely for infection are; Toxacara canis and T.vitulloram (Dog and Cat Roundworm).
Ocular larval migrans common roundworm found in dogs and cats
Worms can be transmitted by playing with animals and not washing hands well afterwards. Transmission can also occur by walking around barefoot in areas where animals have defecated or soiled. (Hookworms)
The best treatment is prevention. But if infestation should occur treatment with medicines to get rid of the worms is available called anthelmentics). Contact your family doctor.
For more information, contact the Regional Epidemiologist at the Laurel County Health Department.