Leapin’ Lizards! Salmonella from Pet Reptiles Climbs


Salmonella is usually thought of as a foodborne
illness. There is a type of Salmonella passed on by pet reptiles however, and it seems to
be affecting young children. I’m Erin White with your latest health news. Researchers recently reported that about one
in four cases of Salmonella infection in preschool children was associated with having a pet
snake or other reptile. These scientists suggested that parents of young children might want
to reconsider choosing a reptile as a pet. Speak with a doctor about the health hazards
of having a reptile as a pet.

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