A recent CDC report documented a large Salmonella outbreak associated with small turtles. This podcast discusses the importance of precautions when touching or cleaning a pet’s habitat. Created: 2/25/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 2/25/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
The Trouble with Turtles
Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections
Associated with Pet Turtle Exposure — United States, 2008
Recorded: February 23, 2010; posted: February 25, 2010
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Owning a pet can be fun and educational for children, but certain animals can cause illness. A recent CDC report documented a large Salmonella outbreak associated with small turtles. Selling turtles with shells under four inches long as pets is illegal in the U.S. because they can cause serious Salmonella infections in people who handle them or come in contact with the water they live in.
After touching or cleaning a pet’s habitat, hands, sinks, and other surfaces that came in contact with the animal need to be thoroughly disinfected. Households with children under five years old should not own turtles. Taking a few simple precautions can make raising a pet a rewarding experience.
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