Pet Frogs Behind Salmonella Outbreak

Dr. Pascal James Imperato, dean and distinguished service professor of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City, said, "It has long been demonstrated that frogs, turtles, snakes and other reptiles, as well as chicks and ducklings, can serve as healthy carriers of a variety of salmonella species which can cause serious illness in humans."

The current multi-state outbreak of salmonella again demonstrates the risks of contact with such pets and their excrement-contaminated environments, he said.

More information

For more information on salmonellosis, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Shauna Mettee, M.S.N., M.P.H., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Pascal James Imperato, M.D., MPH&TM, Dean and Distinguished Service Professor, School of Public Health, Downstate Medical Center, New York City; Jan. 8, 2010, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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