That pet turtle could give you or your child salmonella, CDC warns

That pet turtle could give you or your child salmonella, CDC warns

That pet turtle could give you or your child salmonella, CDC warns

Three people in CT have gotten sick from turtles, according to federal officials.

The CDC said it expects the outbreak to continue because many people aren't aware of the risks of Salmonella infection from contact with turtles.

The agency said that the illnesses started to appear on March 1, and the diagnoses continued until August 3.

Reptiles are responsible for 70,000 cases of salmonella-related illness every year, the CDC estimates, including a few major outbreaks in recent years: Pet crested geckos sickened 22 people in 2015. Of the 33 people with available information, 16 have been hospitalized. More than 30 percent of the cases involve people under the age of 5.

"All turtles, regardless of size, can carry salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean".

In almost half of the cases reported by the CDC, the patients have said that they had some kind of contact with a turtle, by interacting either with them or with the turtle's environment, such as the water in a habitat. Six said they bought the animals from a street vendor or flea market, while the other received a turtle as a gift.

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The CDC recommends that people avoid purchasing a turtle with a shell length of less than four inches, as smaller turtles have been known to carry the disease.

We reported back in 2009 about a salmonella outbreak in the previous two years that sickened more than 100 people.

Pet turtles are at the center of a multi-state salmonella outbreak, the CDC stated. The CDCand the Food and Drug Administration recommend against buying them as pets or giving them as gifts. 12 of the victims were children under the age of five years old.

Results of laboratory tests from the 37 patients showed that all of them tested positive for Salmonella Agbeni, a rare strain of salmonella that does not often infect humans.

Salmonella infections can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood in the stool. "These outbreaks are a reminder to follow simple steps to enjoy pet reptiles and keep your family healthy", CDC said. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Children are especially at risk, because, as The Post's Dina ElBoghdady wrote in 2012, "kids couldn't resist kissing the toylike reptiles or placing them in their mouths, sometimes contaminating themselves with the salmonella commonly found on turtles".

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