“Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don’t eat or drink around them,” the CDC wrote in an advisory. “This can spread salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick.”
What did the CDC say about chickens?
The CDC said backyard chickens may be linked to a recent salmonella outbreak. About 163 people were sickened with salmonella in 43 states, according to the CDC.
- None of the infected people have died.
- About one-third of those sickened by salmonella were children younger than 5 years old.
- People younger than 5 are more likely to experience severe symptoms, too, according to NBC News.
Why did the CDC release the salmonella note?
According to The Hill, the CDC released this information after receiving reports over the last year that backyard chickens led to a salmonella outbreak.
In fact, back in 2019, the CDC said people shouldn’t “kiss or snuggle” their chickens because of a similar outbreak, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
At the time, the CDC also released a set of tips on how to stay safe.
- Make sure you always wash your hands, using soap and water.
- Keep backyard poultry outside of your home.
- Change your shoes after taking care of chickens.
- Do not consume any food or drink around the backyard chickens.
- Don’t kiss or snuggle with your chicken.