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CDC: Go Ahead, Dress Your Chickens for Halloween

This is an actual government press release
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2018 9:10 AM CDT
A Dallas Elementary School student dresses as a chicken at the school's annual Halloween Parade Monday, Oct.31, 2016, in Dallas , Pa.   (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
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(Newser) – If you want to dress your chicken up for Halloween, the CDC wants you to know that it's just fine with you letting your avian freak flag fly, reports KUTV. In an actual news release meant to soothe those whose Halloween plans were thrown into emotional upheaval, the government health agency says that "despite news reports to the contrary," the CDC did not issue a warning against costumed poultry—though it does offer up some tips on safely handling your chickens. Those tips include washing your hands after touching the birds and refraining from kissing or snuggling them and then touching your mouth. Sorry, chickens. Carry on, America. (Read more Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stories.)

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