CDC Urges Against Kissing, Snuggling Poultry In Salmonella Warning

I have some good friends posting pics of their kids doing just this....

Growing up we had a farm with lots of animals including chickens but i don't remember doing this... perhaps i did :) And yes the image is of me feeding grapes to chickens - They LOVE grapes!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory yesterday warning people against getting too close to backyard poultry, citing concerns that the chickens may be spreading salmonella. The CDC noted that backyard poultry owners should take precautionary measures when handling their animals after 163 confirmed cases of salmonella were reported in 43 states.

"Don't kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don't eat or drink around them," the CDC wrote. "This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick." According to the CDC, no one has died from the reported salmonella cases, and children under 5 made up one-third of the cases that have been recorded.

The number of these cases grow higher year by year because more people are raising chickens in their backyards.

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