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Turtles Caused Many Of The Salmonella Outbreaks This Year

Turtles Caused Many Of The Salmonella Outbreaks This Year

These tiny turtles carry salmonella on their shells, on their bodies, and in their droppings, so any contact with any turtle should be followed by washing hands with soap.

Three salmonella cases in CT have been linked to pet turtles, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An advisory note posted on the CDC website informed that about 37 Salmonella Agbeni cases were found from 13 states starting from the month of March to 3rd of August this year.

At least 16 of those people were hospitalized and 32 percent of those infected were children under the age of 5. That means that if they have salmonella, they are shedding it everywhere in their environment, Nichols says - on people, on their food, in their water and in their cages.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against turtles as pets because they can be linked to Salmonella infections.

If you have a pet turtle, the CDC recommends against giving it free range in the house.

This is not the first time salmonella is linked with turtles. That is because all turtles carry Salmonella bacteria - and the agency has traced an outbreak of Salmonella infections in people to pet turtles.

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Salmonella infections cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours in most affected patients, and the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, although severe cases may require hospitalization, according to the CDC.

Very small turtles are especially risky, the CDC said.

The CDC and the FDA advised the public not to buy turtles as pet or give them as gift.

CDC. Take care with pet reptiles and amphibians. Almost half of the victims were 5 or younger.

Lab tests from the 37 patients revealed they all tested positive for Salmonella Agbeni, a rare strain of the bacteria that doesn't typically infect humans. "They've busted two turtle vendors in Montgomery County in the past two weeks: One for selling the turtles to a Silver Spring store; the other for hawking them at the Six Flags parking lot".

The agency said that the outbreak is likely to continue since many may not be aware of the risk of contracting salmonella infection from small turtles.


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