(Atlanta, Ga.) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an unusual warning for chicken owners....stop kissing the birds!

According to CNN, a recent study by the CDC shows an uptick in salmonella cases due, in part, to chicken kissing.

13 per cent of the chicken-related salmonella cases studied from 1990 to 2014 were found to be connected to humans hugging, snuggling and kissing their chickens.

46 per cent of those responding saying the chickens were house pets. 10 per cent of those chickens were kept in the bedroom