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CDC says you can dress up your chickens for Halloween, despite previous reports



Despite previous reports, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not warning people against dressing up chickens for Halloween.

The CDC said last week that the erroneous report, they do advise people with backyard or pet chickens to handle them carefully to keep their chickens and their family safe and healthy.

The agency warned people could be infected with salmonella by handling live chickens. The agency also warns, "Do not kiss your birds or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth."

According to KNOE, some people, such as Louisiana resident Stephanie Morse, treat chickens like family. Some live in her backyard and some live in her house.

Morse dresses up her chickens in costumes every Halloween.

"Their bare skin is exposed, I just like to put on sweater on them to keep them warm and comfortable, and some of them have more personality, and it's good," Morse said.

At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products. Twenty-one of the patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported.

The CDC also says it's important to wash your hands with soap and water right after touching live poultry or coming into contact with anything in the places where they live and roam.

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