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Don't kiss your chickens, says CDC. Please don't

(CNN) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would like everyone to refrain from kissing their chickens. And from snuggling them. And from eating with them. And from inviting them into their homes.

In fact, it's probably a good idea for humans to just give their chickens some space.

The CDC and health representatives have investigated several multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella linked to contact with poultry in the garden – meaning chickens, ducks and the like.

The organization issued an update of its investigation on August 30, warning all chicken holders to wash their hands with soap and water after touching poultry or anything where animals wander.

The CDC reports that as of August 23, there have been more than 1,000 cases of Salmonella from the outbreak in 49 states. Two people have died from the infection and 175 people have been hospitalized.

For those wondering why the CDC felt compelled to warn people not to get too cozy with their poultry, the phenomenon is clearly more common than one might think. [19659002] A study from the CDC 2016 showed that an alarming number of people have apparently withdrawn in salmonella from kissing their bird lovers. Of the chicken-related salmonella cases that the CDC studied from 1990 to 2014, thirteen percent of patients had shared a smook with birds.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of patients studied by the CDC said they had snuggled baby chicks and 46 percent said they kept chickens in the house. Ten percent of respondents said they kept chickens in the bedroom.

So please, people, don't let the CDC beg. Just leave the chickens alone.

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