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Hundreds of people contract salmonella after kissing chickens

By Mason White 2:26 PM July 23, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning for people to stop kissing chickens after several residents in Oklahoma contracted salmonella.

More than 180 people have been sickened with salmonella in recent weeks.

According to the CDC, many of the people who got sick have pet birds at home.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture said that they identified numerous people who have trained their chickens as house pets, increasing their risks of becoming ill.

The CDC also reported that many infected people admitted to kissing or hugging their birds.

Young people or a person with a weak immune system have a bigger chance of contracting salmonella when coming into contact with sick chickens.

The CDC advised people to wash their hands after handling eggs from their birds.