The CDC Is Asking People To Please Stop Snuggling With Chickens . Chickens are great. They lay delicious eggs, they eat bugs that would otherwise kill your plants, and they are extremely adorable. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is begging people: Please stop hugging your chickens! It could be hazardous to your health.According to a report from the CDC, people have been cuddling up with their chickens, ducks and other fowl. This has resulted in eight salmonella outbreaks in at least 47 states. Since January, there have been a whopping 372 cases of salmonella reported. Of those, 71 people have had to go to the hospital for treatment.
Now, I know this is painful to hear, but the CDC is absolutely certain that these salmonella outbreaks are as a result of “contact with live poultry in backyard flocks,” according to the CDC.They also advise poultry owners to “not snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink around live poultry.”
So if you were planning a picnic with your chicken, you might want to rethink that.And according to the CDC’s research, this is a problem that won’t be going away anytime soon.Rates of salmonella have skyrocketed with the popularity of backyard chickens. “In 2016, a record number of illnesses were linked to contact with backyard poultry,” they warn.
Signs Of A Salmonella Infection
Salmonella infection symptoms will generally appear several hours to two days after the bacteria is ingested, according to the Mayo Clinic.The infection causes stomach flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills and headache.
Symptoms generally last two to seven days, though Mayo also reports that in some cases it can take months for bowels to return to normal.
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