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Please Refrain from Kissing your Chickens, CDC Urges

Please Refrain from Kissing your Chickens, CDC Urges

Have you ever watched a chicken and been forced to put a big fat smacker on the right wing? No? 

Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. However, according to an updated warning issued by the CDC, it is dangerous to do so – even deadly can spread Salmonella. So please, no matter how irresistible these little feathered heads seem to be, they should avoid being given a PK (Gddit?). This is not the first time the CDC has warned against refreshing with your bird. Back in 2018, they canceled Halloween for our poultry flocks, advising against sorting birds for fear of spreading maltdrug-resistant Salmonella. Then, in May of this year, with the reporting of 163 cases, another warning was issued.

At the time of writing, the number has risen to 474 across 4 states, including 103 hospitalizations and one death. Probably, many more people have become ill and are being referred to as recovering without medical care – and therefore without testing for Salmonella – is commonplace. According to interviews with 271 victims, 77 percent were in contact with poultry in their backyards before becoming ill.

“Backyard poultry like chickens and ducks can carry salmonella germs, even if they look healthy and clean,” the CDC wrote. “These germs can easily spread anywhere in the area where poultry lives and roams.” “Touching poultry in your backyard or anything in their environment and then touching your mouth or food and swallowing Salmonella germs can make you sick.” Most people who come in contact with Salmonella bacteria will experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal distress, a hefty price to pay for some chicken hugs. Children are particularly vulnerable – one in three sick people under the age of five – centered on their weakened immune system and natural affection for birds.

The CDC recommends that parents “do not leave chicks, ducks, or chickens in the backyard of children under 5 years of age” and make sure they are supervised if they do and wash their hands later. Likewise, adults are instructed to “wash your hands with soap and water as soon as they touch the backyard poultry, their eggs, or where they live and roam”.