Without Government, Who Would Warn Us to not Kiss Chickens?

The Centers for Disease Control has really issued a warning to farmers to make sure they don’t kiss chickens.

Your tax dollars at work.

Here’s a story from the io9 sci-fi website: “Actual CDC Warning to Farmers: “Don’t Kiss Chickens”

Sound advice, CDC! But, uh, just why did you guys feel the need to issue this warning in the first place?

It’s because we’re in the midst of a series of small Salmonella outbreaks, with just under 200 cases reported thus far. A handful of these were traced back to frozen chickens, but the vast majority were from live birds, leading the CDC (as is its habit) to put out a series of pamphlets on how to avoid this latest threat.

At first, the advice is pretty standard: Wash your hands after you clean a coop! Be sure to buy healthy chickens! But then, things get a little weird:

“Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry. These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection.”

…okay. Of course, the whole thing becomes a little clearer when you read a little further on who is getting sick and find that the latest outbreak is centered mostly in backyard and hobby farms.

Here’s the deal, if you look at the CDC’s budget, is it really necessary to have a large, tax-fed bureaucracy to make warnings of these kinds?

[See also, “CDC Proves Central Power Is Not the Solution to All Problems.”]

People have plenty of incentive to not get sick. And when they do get sick, they go to doctors who then issue warnings to their other patients as they notice medical problems.

The CDC is a national organization funded by the Federal government. Do we really need to have such an entity figuring out the right advice to give to everyone associated with chickens in the entire nation?

It does seem slightly ridiculous.