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CDC: Kissing chickens could put your health at risk

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We didn’t think we would have to have this conversation.

In a new report from the Centers of Disease Control shared by CNN, they are seeing an uptick in salmonella cases due to more and more people keeping and raising chickens.

How does one get salmonella from a chicken, you ask? We have that answer.

According to the CDC, An alarming number of people have apparently contracted it from kissing their fine fowl companions. In the agency’s research, 13 percent of chicken-related salmonella cases they looked at between 1990 through 2014 were due, in part, to some human-on-chicken smooching.

"Most contact occurred at the patients' home, and high-risk behaviors included keeping poultry inside the house and having close contact, such as holding, snuggling, or kissing poultry,” the CDC said of the cases they studied.

The numbers go even further. 49 percent of patients studied said they had snuggled baby chicks, and 46 percent of the CDC’s respondents kept chickens in their home.

Finally, a whole 10 percent of respondents revealed their kept chickens in the bedroom!

What the cluck?

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