To all the chickens and pets "kissers" !
You should know that in every animal lives an
Giant army composed from trillions of ,bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and fungi( yeasts), The biologist call it the natural microflora or microbiota. Almost all of them are essential to the animal health, because they provide very necessary vitamins, and They prevents the establishing of pathogenic in the animal. In fact if you count the number of cells that compose the human body for any human cell there is approximately 9 cells from the microbiota, so in fact we are 10% humans and 90% bacteria!
The benign influence of the microbiota is very dependent if the bacteria of the microbiota remains in there natural place. For example in the large intestine populate the major part of the human microbiota, that is very important for our health, we gain this benefit as long the microbe remains in the gut, but if it enter to outer places in the body, like when the appendix erupts, or some feces enters the blood stream trough a wound, the same microbes can cause death du to peritonitis or sepsis. The sam case when microbiota of one creature invade to other creatures, see foe exampel the Ebola virus, most of biologist agree that this virus live peacefully in fruit batts in Africa causing no visible damage to the bats, but if this virus travels to Primates like Chimpanzee or Humans it can cause almost 80% of death. So if you want to kiss your chicken,your dog,your cat or your african elephant pet again,you should consider the fact that they are in fact bacteria production factories, and that some of this bacteria,viruses or Protista have the capacity to make you and your children very very sick, or even kill you!
I wrote it as a zoologist not only as a BYC member.
But this is what I don't understand. Humans are full of bacteria and the like too, is the government going to issue a warning we should stop hugging and kissing each other? I think there are far worse and more common health issues to be concerned about. This is a waste of time.