Fact Check: Did chickens spread herpes in humans?

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Last Updated on April 18, 2023 by Aditi Gangal

Quick Take

In a video on social media, the speaker claims that chickens have caused herpes in humans. We fact-checked and found the claim to be false.

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The Claim

The speaker in a video on Facebook claims that herpes spreads from chickens and is not a sexually transmitted disease. 

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The video has received 3.9k likes till we last checked.

Fact Check

What is herpes?

The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes a viral infection called genital and oral herpes. Some people with herpes often show no symptoms while others can experience small and fluid-filled blisters or sores. 

Herpes virus is a contagious sexually transmitted disease and can also be transmitted through direct contact with sores but not through non-human contact

Did chickens spread herpes in humans?

No evidence shows that chickens spread herpes in humans. Also, the claimant Yah’ki” Hickman publishes videos that are not supported by credible references. THIP MEDIA has previously debunked his claims on ‘eyes predict diseases’ and ‘cancer therapies cause cancer’.

We searched and found the original video from which the claimed video has been taken. In the video, it is clear that Hickman is talking about chickens and herpes but does not provide any evidence that can support his claim. No evidence shows that Hickman is a registered physician.

Besides this, we also tried to search about the initial cases of the herpes virus, but no evidence explains the exact evolutionary origin.

A research paper published in 2014 shows that the herpes virus has been infecting vertebrates for hundreds of millions of years. We also found evidence published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison that shows the current species of chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is evolved from an older species named Red Junglefowl. The website informs that domestication probably occurred 7,000-10,000 years ago.

How chickens and herpes are related?

An old research paper published in 1981 shows that arginine from foods like chicken can increase the rate at which the HSV virus multiplies. However, current research is trying to control the spread of viral infection using arginine.

Besides this, we also found another article published by the Pennsylvania State University which talks about Marek’s disease that affects chickens and is caused by a chicken herpes virus. However, the website also informs it will not make people sick.

Another article published by the Mississippi State University also confirms that Marek’s disease is not a threat to humans or other mammals. ‘Eggs and meat from infected chickens are not affected by the disease and are safe to eat. However, if a chicken was infected with the cutaneous form of Marek’s, it may have skin and/or internal tumors that can be unsightly.’

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Aditi Gangal
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