According to the Centers For Disease Control over 180 Americans have gotten salmonella this year as a result of getting a little too close to their backyard poultry. They are strongly advising all Americans to refrain from snuggling or kissing their backyard birds:
“We do not recommend snuggling or kissing the birds or touching them to your mouth, because that is certainly one way people become infected with salmonella,” Megin Nichols, a CDC veterinarian said.
Apparently too many people have been sharing intimate moments with their bids, resulting in them getting ill. NPR spoke to a poultry enthusiasts who shared some insight as to their relationships with their chickens.
“You see Caledonia, she just cuddles in. She loves to stick her head under my arm. Our friends who come to visit [the chickens] are always so surprised at how soft they are. Because I guess people think about their beaks and their feet, which aren’t soft. But their feathers are just so smooth and soft,” Lynette Mattke said.
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