Last week, news stations across the country reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was warning the public not to dress up their pet chickens for Halloween, due to the recent salmonella outbreak.
But good news for chicken and rooster owners across the country finally came on Monday, when the CDC released a statement saying that those news reports were actually false:
"Despite news reports to the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not warned people against dressing chickens in Halloween costumes," The CDC said in the statement. "However, we do advise people with backyard or pet chickens to handle them carefully to keep their family and their chickens safe and healthy."According to an ABC News report, a new stain of salmonella has infected more than 92 people in 29 states. This particular strain of salmonella is multi drug-resistant, and can infect a person that comes in contact with raw chicken products.
But thankfully for the chickens still breathing, The CDC says they are allowed to celebrate Halloween in costumes, as long as they follow some basic health regulations.
Always wash your hands after touching chickens or anything in their environment. Running water and soap are best. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available, and wash your hands thoroughly when you get to a sink.Keep chickens outdoors. Never bring them in your house.Don’t eat or drink in the area where the birds live or roam.Don’t kiss your birds or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth.Children under 5 years old should not hold or touch chickens. Young children are more likely to get sick because their immune systems are still developing and they are more likely to put their fingers or pacifiers and other items into their mouths.More information about keeping backyard chickens and other poultry is available at https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/index.html.If you happen to dress up your chicken for Halloween, we want to see your photos! Send them to the @ConwayShow!