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The CDC really wants you to stop kissing your chickens



And now, for an informative message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Please stop kissing your chickens. 

No really. The  CDC just released a study  that shows an uptick in salmonella cases linked to more and more people raising chickens. 

But apparently, a lot of people are also kissing their chickens too! 

It probably doesn't help that 46 percent of the CDC's respondents said they kept chickens in the house. 

Of that 46 percent of people who kept live poultry in the house, here are the percentages of people also kept fowl...

  • In the living room: 22 
  • In the kitchen: 12
  • In the bedroom: 10 
  • In the bathroom: 10

Approximately half of the people who lived alongside their fowl friends reported having owned their chickens for a year or less. 
The CDC suggested that this could "signify that new owners might be unfamiliar with appropriate husbandry practices." 

The study also suggested that some people may be bringing chicks inside during the winter months out of concern that the chicks will not do well in cold weather. 

The CDC's report noted that chickens, which were once considered production animals "are increasingly being considered household pets."

Research found that an alarming number of people contracted salmonella from kissing members of their chicken family.

According to the CDC's study, 13 percent of chicken-relate salmonella cases they studied from 1990 to 2014, were linked to chicken kissing. 

"Persons need to be aware that healthy poultry can shed salmonella intermittently, that persons need to wash their hands after contact with live poultry, that young children are at an increased risk for salmonellosis, and that poultry should never be allowed inside the house," the study said. 

Would you ever kiss a chicken?

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