CDC Gives The Green Light For Your Chicken To Wear A Halloween Costume

October 31, 2018

Not to worry pet chicken owners, despite reports claiming otherwise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like everyone to know that it's not warning people against dressing up their chickens for Halloween. Last week a news story appeared to misinterpret a warning by the CDC over salmonella poisoning from handling poultry.  While the story told of a Louisiana woman who dresses her pet chicken in sweaters when it's cold and dresses it up in a Halloween costume, it was worded in a way that many understood as a warning from the CDC to not dress chickens in clothing or costumes.  Of course the story went viral and the CDC had to issue a statement clarifying their warning.  The press release denied any warning of any kind in discouraging people from outfitting their chickens in clothing or costumes. However the risk of contracting salmonella while dressing your chicken is real. So they reiterated to always wash your hands after touching chickens or anything in their environment, keep chickens outdoors, don't eat or drink in areas where the birds live or roam and make sure your children don't kiss or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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