CDC says kissing chickens can lead to salmonella
TORONTO – Backyard chickens can give you fresh eggs, but they can also give you salmonella, according to n a new study by the CDC.
Using data from 1990 through 2014, the study found that live poultry–associated salmonellosis (LPAS) has steadily increased. During that 24-year period, 53 LPAS outbreaks were documented, involving 2,630 illnesses, 387 hospitalizations and five deaths.
As reported by the Huff Post, the CDC looked at cases that occurred between 1990 and 2014 and found that some people affected were engaging in risky behaviors ― including cuddling, kissing and, in some cases, letting their chickens roam in their bedrooms and bathrooms.
“Poultry are acquiring a new position in many households–instead of being treated as production animals, they are increasingly being considered household pets,” the study said, as per United Press International.
Of the CDC’s sample incidents, 62 percent of patients reported exposure to baby poultry, which includes chicks and ducklings. Of that 62 percent:
- 49 percent reported cuddling with baby poultry.
- 46 percent reported letting them in their their living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.
- 13 percent reported kissing baby poultry.
Salmonella is bacteria that can cause a gastrointestinal infection known as salmonellosis. Usually salmonellosis is referred to as “salmonella.” This infection can occur in humans and animals. Most people infected with salmonella are ill for four to seven days. The person may be ill enough to require hospitalization. Serious complications and death are rare and are more likely in the very young, the very old, and people who have other health problems.
To prevent outbreaks, the CDC says the general public should educate themselves about the risks of outbreaks, wash their hands frequently after contact with live poultry and never allow poultry in the house.