Idaho officials warn against chicks as Easter gifts - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho officials warn against chicks as Easter gifts

BOISE, ID. - State health officials are urging parents to resist buying baby chicks or ducklings for their children as Easter gifts and warn advertisements are showing up across Idaho with the approach of the holiday.

The state Department of Health and Welfare says the small birds can carry strains of Salmonella and pose a health risk to young children or those with weakened immune systems.

The agency says more than 100 people nationwide became sick after contact with baby chicks in 2007, and many of the infections were documented around Easter.

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