Navigation Links
Pet Turtles Carry Salmonella Dangers, CDC Warns

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The sale of pet turtles was banned three decades ago in the United States, but the small reptiles are still available and continue to infect young children with salmonella, a new report warns.

Because of the health danger, pet turtles are inappropriate pets in homes with young children or other high-risk people, such as pregnant women, seniors and those with weak immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, published by the CDC in the Feb. 3 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describes an outbreak of 132 human salmonella infections in 18 states between August 2010 and September 2011. Many of the infections were traced to exposure to small turtles (those with shell lengths of less than 4 inches).

Two-thirds of the infections occurred in children younger than 10. Salmonella infections in children can be severe and lead to hospitalization, the report authors noted. No deaths were reported in that outbreak.

The 1975 ban on the sale of small turtles led to a large decline in human salmonella infections. However, these infections continue to occur because the turtles are sold illegally at fairs, flea markets and on the street, the CDC said.

The report authors suggested some strategies to reduce the number of human salmonella infections caused by turtles:

  • Increased enforcement of existing regulations against the sale of small turtles.
  • Tougher penalties for the illegal sale of small turtles.
  • More state and local laws regulating the sale of small turtles.

Other reptiles carry salmonella, but the little turtles' size makes them especially risky because children handle them as toys and may place them in their mouths.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about pet turtles and salmonella.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Feb. 2, 2012

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Help Save Sea Turtles and Kayak Loreto Baja this October
2. UT professor defines play, discovers even turtles need recess
3. Launches Online Store “The Relief Shop” - What Does this Medical Supply Store Carry and How Can They Help You?
4. Children with food allergies should carry 2 doses of emergency medicine
5. Self-Psychology Allows You to Carry A Cognitive Behavioral Therapist On Your iPhone
6. Complicated Surgeries Carry Greater Risks, Possible Need for New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys According To David Perecman
7. Families of Deployed Military Carry Heavy Load
8. Food industry partnerships may carry risks
9. Many HIV Patients Carry Strain With Drug-Resistant Mutation
10. Women who miscarry continue to have mental health problems
11. Researchers inject nanofiber spheres carrying cells into wounds to grow tissue
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Pet Turtles Carry Salmonella Dangers, CDC Warns
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) learned that the number ... first time since 2011. In 2014, there were 9,967 fatalities involving an alcohol impaired ... Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32,675 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2014. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... "When ... that regular bras were incredibly uncomfortable," said an inventor from Bronx, N.Y. "In ... She developed the patent-pending RECOVERY BRA for added comfort and support. The bra ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Many people know of the common symptoms ... hands, and dry skin. But many people who find their cholesterol levels and weight ... of their thyroid, especially if they don’t have any of the other symptoms. , ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Students and parents have something to be thankful for this ... Impact awards. California Casualty is proud to support the contest designed to ... reckless driving, the number one killer of young drivers. , Almost 1,000 entries ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Eric C. Seidel, DMD and Stephanie DeFilippo, ... revolutionary BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system. This advanced laser technology uses light energy ... dentist in Gettysburg, PA . From routine visits to cosmetic treatments, laser dentistry ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) ... New York State Attorney General,s Office ... Act, and other statutes with the Attorney General over the ... cease marketing and selling the now generic version of memantine ... no liability, has released its counterclaims against New ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 USP 800 applies to all ... pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, home ... also covers all entities which store, prepare, transport, ... healthcare institutions, patient treatment clinics, physicians, practice facilities, ... --> What is the purpose of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... - Will Also Offer Point -of- ... --> - Will Also Offer Point ... --> - Will Also Offer ... (CME) Elsevier , a world-leading provider of ... diagnostic imaging textbooks and decision support tools, as well as prominent ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: