Pet turtles have long been recognized as a major source of human Salmonella infection. Turtles are usually healthy carriers of Salmonella that shed the organism on an irregular basis in their feces.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday an investigation of three multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to exposure to turtles or their environments
The three overlapping outbreaks involve three different strains of the Salmonella bacterium.
In total, as of Friday, 66 people, more than half under 10 years old, have been reported infected from 16 states.
Eleven of the victims required hospitalization for their illness. No deaths have been reported.
Salmonella Sandiego outbreak: To date, 45 individuals have been infected with this strain in 10 states (California-3, Georgia-1, Massachusetts-2, Maryland-5, New Jersey-5, New Mexico-3, New York-18, North Carolina-1, Pennsylvania6, and Virginia-1).
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