Don’t kiss or cuddle chickens, CDC warns

Do you cuddle and kiss your dog or cat? What about your chicken?

Well, you might want to rethink how you show affection to your backyard poultry because the CDC has issued a warning linking salmonella to contact with chickens and ducklings.

The CDC and public health officials in several states are currently investigating the connection between salmonella infections and contact with backyard poultry, such as chickens and ducklings.

As of August 23, 2019, the public health institute is aware of 1,003 salmonella cases in 49 states – Alaska is the only state without someone falling ill.

175 hospitalizations have occurred.

The CDC reported that of 605 people with hospitalization records, 175 were hospitalized. There have also been two recorded deaths.

Health officials have been able to determine that out of 511 cases, 343 people reported having been in contact with chicks or ducklings. The animals were obtained through different sources, so they believe the origin of these outbreaks are linked to multiple hatcheries.

The CDC recommends everyone practice good hygiene.


Besides washing your hands after touching backyard poultry, those who interact with the farm animals can prevent the animals from entering their home, especially areas where food is prepared. The CDC also advises against bringing shoes that have been in an area with poultry inside a home.

Most importantly, don’t kiss or cuddle chickens or ducks and then touch your face.

Did you know cute chicks and ducklings have the potential to cause salmonella?

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