Live poultry and salmonella
TRAVERSE CITY — With Easter and the beginning of warmer weather comes an increase in the sale of baby poultry. This has been linked to an increase in outbreaks of human illness due to salmonella bacteria, which are shed in bird droppings and can easily contaminate birds’ bodies and anything in areas where they live or roam.
To protect yourself and your family from salmonella:
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth after handling live poultry, as germs are spread this way.
• Clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside the house.
• Don’t let children younger than 5, elderly persons, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry.
• Don’t let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared or stored.
• Don’t snuggle or kiss birds, let them touch your mouth, or eat or drink anything, while in the presence of live poultry.
For additional information, visit the Grand Traverse Health Department’s website, www.gtchd.org, or the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaBabyBirds/
Celebrate April 1
TRAVERSE CITY — Children are invited to a “no cords” game day Monday, April 1, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
Game day starts at 10 a.m. and participants may select board games from the library’s collection and staff favorites from home. Snacks and crafts also will be available. Call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — Author/poet Chris Dombrowski will lead a “Personas and Masks in Contemporary Poetry” workshop on Tuesday, April 2.
The workshop will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 214 at the University Center, Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. It is free for Michigan Writers members; $10 for non-members, payable by check or cash. Non-members also may join the group onsite for a $40 annual fee, which includes the cost of the workshop.