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Salmonella linked to chicken owners showing affection

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Experts believe people kissing chickens may be one cause leading to a spike in salmonella cases in the U.S.

The CDC is investigating an outbreak caused by a hatchery in Ohio. Over the past 20 years there have been more than 2,000 reported cases of salmonella linked to live poultry.

Experts say most illnesses happen when chicken owners bring the pets into their homes and research shows more than one in ten owners kiss their birds.

“Don't kit kiss the bird, you can show your affection in other ways with a simple pet or something like that. People just don't know that healthy chickens, ducks and other poultry can carry germs like salmonella,” zoonotic disease expert Casey Barton Behravesh said.

Experts say there is no need to limit your interaction with chickens. Just be sure to wash your hands.
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