North Carolina Salmonella Outbreak Linked To These Pets
There has been a sudden increase in Salmonella in many states. North Carolina is one of those states. North Carolina’s Salmonella outbreak has been linked to these pets.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to not get too close to pet turtles due to a salmonella outbreak in multiple states. As of Friday, 26 people across 11 states have been infected and nine have been hospitalized.
CBS News says, with the exception of one case in California, all cases were reported in the East and Midwest. Tennessee has reported the most cases at six, followed by Pennsylvania at four. There are also cases in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and New York.
The CDC says, “The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. “This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella. Turtles of any size can transfer the bacteria to humans, but turtles with shells smaller than 4 inches are more likely to do so.
If you have a pet turtle, always make sure and wash your hands well if you touch them.