Kaya: A baby bird … maybe a chick or duck. They’re soooo cute and a bunch of my friends at school are getting them for Easter.
Mom: Honey, I don’t think that’s such a good idea. Baby birds can make you very, very sick with something called Salmonella.
Kaya: Salmonella!?!? What's that?
Mom: Salmonella is a germ and it can give you diarrhea, a fever, a headache, or an upset stomach. You might even have to go the hospital.
Kaya: Ewwww, I hate being sick!
Mom: Everyone does. Salmonella is no fun.
Kaya: How can something so cute and fuzzy make me so sick?
Mom: Baby birds can carry around the germ Salmonella, but it doesn’t make them sick, like it does you or me. You can’t tell if a baby bird has Salmonella just by looking at it because germs are invisible. The germ can be on the bird and on anything the bird touches, like your toys, hands, or clothes.
Kaya: If I’m around birds, like at school or my friend’s house, what should I do to make sure I don’t get sick?
Mom: ALWAYS wash your hands right after touching the bird or anything the bird has touched or been around, like its cage or food and water dishes. Use lots of soap and water and rub your hands together for as long as it takes to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice. Also, don’t ever kiss a bird or put it in or near your mouth.
If you don’t wash your hands, you might spread Salmonella germs to anything you touch, like food, toys, or clothes. Then, if your family or friends touch the same things, they could get sick. It’s important to do a really good job cleaning everything the bird touches to keep the germs from spreading.
Kaya: Wow, that sounds like a lot of work!
Mom: It is. They may look cute, but they can make you really sick and it takes a lot of work to try and keep the germs from spreading. Do you see how a baby bird might not be such a good Easter present?
Kaya: Yeah. I’m going to have my friends tell their parents about this.
Mom: Tell them that if they touch a bird, they should wash their hands immediately. If your friends have brothers and sisters younger than five, tell them to make sure their brothers or sisters don't touch the bird at all. They could get even sicker than you or I because they’re so young!
Kaya: Ok, mom! Thanks! You sure are smart!
Mom: Thanks honey. I love you and just want to keep you safe and healthy.
He likes me. (他喜歡我。)
He looks like me. (他看起來像我)。
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Baby birds can carry around the germ Salmonella, but it doesn’t make
them sick, like it does you or me.
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