CDC: Do not dress up pet chickens for Halloween

Posted at 12:02 PM, Oct 24, 2018

With Halloween right around the corner, the CDC is reminding owners of chickens to not dress them up this year due to a strain of salmonella.

According to the CDC, when dressing up a chicken, it raises the chances of a person coming in contact with harmful bacteria that includes salmonella. "Live poultry might have Salmonella germs in their droppings and on their bodies (feathers, feet, and beaks), even when they appear healthy and clean," the CDC said.

Reports indicate at least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC also says to not kiss your birds or snuggle them and always wash your hands with soap and water.