A Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Has Been Linked to Pet Turtles

37 people sick in 13 states after Salmonella outbreak linked to pet turtles	 	 	 			Turtle

Three salmonella cases in CT have been linked to pet turtles, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No deaths have yet been reported, but 16 people have required hospitalization. That hospitalization rate of nearly 50% is more than double the usual rate of 22% for most Salmonella outbreaks.

CDC and multiple states are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections from people who were in contact with pet turtles.

On the basis of a factsheet named The Trouble with Tiny Turtles, the CDC has advised the pet owners of the country not to kiss, snuggle or cuddle with their pet turtles. Six people reported that they had bought a turtle from a flea market or street vendor, or receiving the turtle as a gift.

Turtles carry salmonella bacteria on their shell and skin, which does not affect them but transmits to humans.

Almost half of the 33 people that the CDC interviewed said they had come in contact with turtles or its environment, such as water from the turtle's habitat. These outbreaks are a reminder to follow simple steps to enjoy pet reptiles and keep your family healthy. If you have young children, consider other types of pets.

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If you handle a turtle, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly immediately afterward. Approximately a third of the patients are aged younger than 5 years. Clean the habitats outside your home. The agency advises not to touch either the feces of these animals, nor the water that they use to swim, drink, or clean themselves.

The health dangers from turtles are so serious that federal law prohibits selling or distributing turtles with a shell length less than four inches. This is about the size of a deck of cards or a cell phone.

Read CDC's recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/) CDC's%20recommendations%20 (https:/www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/) for taking care of your backyard flock, which apply to all live poultry, regardless of the age of the birds or where they were purchased. "Releasing unwanted turtles into the wild is not recommended".

Although this may not come as a surprise to anyone suspicious of murky green aquarium water, turtles aren't exactly the healthiest pets.

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