In fact, it's probably a good idea for people to just give their chickens some space.
The CDC reports that on August 23, there were more than 1,000 cases of Salmonella from the outbreak in 49 states. Two people died from the infection, and 175 people were hospitalized.
For those wondering why the CDC was forced to warn people against getting too comfortable with their chickens, the phenomenon seems to be more common than one might think.  A 2016 study from the CDC showed that an alarming number of people seemed to contract salmonella from kissing their chicken friends. In poultry-related salmonella cases studied by the CDC from 1990 to 2014, thirteen percent of patients shared a smooch with birds.
Meanwhile, 49 percent of patients studied by the CDC said they submitted chick babies, and 46 percent said they kept chickens at home. Ten percent of respondents said they kept chickens in their bedroom. Just leave the chickens.