The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to not kiss or snuggle with chickens due to a recent salmonella outbreak.
Since their last warning in July, the CDC reports that another 235 people have become ill. There has been a total of 1,003 people infected with outbreak strains of salmonella across 49 states. Two deaths have been reported.
A quarter of those infected were children. The CDC says that evidence indicates that “contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries, are likely the source.” As a result, the CDC is reminding people that poultry can carry Salmonella germs and to follow safety precautions.