Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni Infections Linked to Pet Turtles
CDC and multiple states are investigating
Epidemiologic and laboratory findings link the outbreak of human Salmonella Agbeni infections to contact with turtles or their environments, such as water from a turtle habitat.
CDC recommends that households with young children do not keep turtles or other reptiles as pets. Guidance on pet care is available here.
Health care providers should ask patients and patient caregivers about pet and animal ownership and should provide education about the risks of acquiring salmonellosis from pet reptiles. Guidance for healthcare providers and veterinarians is available here.
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