Pucker Up

woman-holding-baby-chickenA new trend that could infect you with America’s favorite bacteria, salmonella. Locking lips with chickens? … Or beaks. Whatever. It’s the new epidemic on the block. The US fell into boredom with the three people ebola outbreak and the news has gone silent on covering epidemics. Until now. Cuddling with Chickens! Don’t stay unaware when handling your pet chickens.

Chicken Cuddling Trend

Almost 200 hundred people in the US has spent some of their past time getting cuddly with chickens, and getting infected with salmonella. No death from the outbreak has been reported, but 33 of the infected were serious enough to be hospitalized. While interviewed, 86% mentioned that they got a little friendly with their poultry. Kissing, or cuddling.

Down Time With Chickens: Dangerous

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimated that the bacteria is responsible for close to 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths last year in the US. It is not a disease to be taken lightly. Children or the elderly are most likely to get the disease, so if you have children, and you have chickens, make sure they keep a safe distance from those salmonella factory machines.

Wash Your Digits

The best way to prevent the bacterial infection from running free into your system, is by washing your hands and fingers with soap and water. But If those resources are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. These chickens are dangerous, so keep your hands clean after coming into contact with one.

So please learn how to handle your pet chicken, and keep children and the elderly away from them. They are the most likely to get infected because of their poorer immune systems. And if they do, make sure they don’t cuddle with the chicken, especially kiss it. No one likes having abdominal pains, or running to the bathroom with diarrhea. So stay within your species and keep your lips away from these little peckers.

Source :  Vox