September 26, 2016

CDC: Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Tiny Turtles Expand

Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny pet turtles have expanded, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In October 2015, the CDC reported two Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny turtles that had sickened a total of 51 people. There are now four outbreaks that have sickened a total of 133 people in 26 states between January 16, 2015 and April 8, 2016. Thirty eight people have been hospitalized. Most of of those sickened are children. Because small turtles have long been associated with Salmonella infections, especially in children, the sale of turtles with shells of less than four inches in length has been banned since 197. Many of the case patients in this outbreak reported buying the small turtles from street vendors. Public health investigators used the … [Read more...]

Two Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pet Turtles

Two Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny pet turtles have sickened at least 51 people in 16 states, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because small turtles have long been associated with Salmonella infections, especially in children, the sale of turtles with shells of less than four inches in length has been banned since 1974. Many of the case patients in this outbreak reported buying the small turtles from street vendors. About half of the illnesses, which were reported between  January 22, 2015 and September 8, 2015, affected children 5 and under. Epidemiologic investigations and laboratory findings have linked both outbreaks to contact with small turtles or their environments, such as water from a turtle habitat. This is not the first … [Read more...]

Salmonella Illnesses From Illegal, Tiny Pet Turtles Continue

Illegal tiny pet turtles continue to cause of Salmonella illnesses across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that eight outbreaks, some of which began in 2011, have sickened a total 371 people in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Sixty two people have been hospitalized. Most of the victims, 70 percent, are children under 10. Children are among those who are at particular risk when it comes to Salmonella infection, which is why the Food and Drug Administration banned the sale and distribution of small turtles as pets in 1975. Turtles with shells shorter four inches are illegal to own and should not be purchased or given as gifts. Animals that look healthy can carry Salmonella and contaminate what they touch or what touches them. Children … [Read more...]

Six Salmonella Outbreaks Linked To Illegal Pet Turtles

Six ongoing Salmonella outbreaks that have sickened a total of 248 people in 34 states have been linked to illegal pet turtles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Almost 70 percent of those who became ill were children under the age of 10. It is precisely because of Salmonella risk , especially to young children, that the Food and Drug Administration banned the sale and distribution of small  turtles as pets in 1975. Turtles with shells shorter four inches should not be purchased as pets or given as gifts. Salmonella is a bacteria that can make people sick if ingested.  Turtles and other reptiles and amphibians can have Salmonella on their bodies even if they appear healthy and clean. The germs can also get on  everything they have contact with … [Read more...]

Petco’s Turtle Turn-In Program A Response To Salmonella Outbreaks

In response to a wave of Salmonella outbreaks linked to small, pet turtles that have sickened 219 people in 34 states, Petco has created a turtle turn-in program. The company, which does not sell the turtles in question, will collect them and send them to Concordia Turtle Farm, a turtle exporter based in Wildsville, La. The sale and distribution of turtles with shells less than four inches in length has been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1975 because of the Salmonella risk these animals pose. Under the new program, the turtles can be turned at Petco with no questions asked and be transferred to the farm where they can live in suitable conditions. Releasing these turtles into the wild is not recommended as they are not likely to survive and may introduce … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Small Turtles: 168 Ill

The CDC has updated their investigation into six multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to small turtles. Now, 168 people are ill. We've told you about this investigation before; the last update was July 1, 2012. The ill persons live in 30 states. The number of ill persons in each state are: Alabama (2), Alaska (2), Arizona (5), California (28), Colorado (5), Delaware (3), Georgia (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (6), Massachusetts (5), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), New Jersey (7), North Carolina (1), New Mexico (6), Nevada (8), New York (25), Ohio (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (16), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (4), Texas (19), Vermont (1), Virginia (4), and West Virginia (1). Thirty-four ill persons have been hospitalized; … [Read more...]

Update on Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Small Turtles

The CDC has released updated information about multistate outbreaks of Salmonella linked to small turtles. So far, 149 people in 28 states are infected with outbreak strains of four types of bacteria: Salmonella Sandiego, Salmonella Pomona, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Poona. We've told you about this outbreak in March 2012 and again in May 2012. In the last update, there were five outbreaks; now there are six. The case count is as follows: Alabama (2) Alaska (2) Arizona (5) California (26) Colorado (5) Delaware (3) Georgia (3) Illinois (1) Indiana (1) Kentucky (1) Massachusetts (3) Maryland (6) Michigan (2) Minnesota (1) New Jersey (7) New Mexico (4) New York (25) Nevada (6) North Carolina (1) Ohio (2) Oregon (1) Pennsylvania … [Read more...]

CDC Tracking 5 Overlapping Turtle Salmonella Outbreaks in 27 States

Five overlapping Salmonella outbreaks linked to human contact with small turtles have sickened at least 124 people in 27 states, prompting the continuation of a public health investigation that began last year. One of the outbreaks dates back to June 2011 and another to August 2011. Two new outbreaks have unfolded since early last month, sprouting new geographic distributions of Salmonella infections that are spreading in many cases from human contact with contaminated water in the turtles' environments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 7 of 10 outbreak victims are children under the age of 10. In many cases the turtles are pets purchased from street vendors because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale and distribution of … [Read more...]

Small Turtles Cause Salmonella Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting three multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to small turtles. A total of 66 people have been infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Sandiego, Salmonella Poona, and Salmonella Pomona in these states: Arizona (2) California (8) Georgia (1) Indiana (1) Kentucky (1) Massachusetts (3) Maryland (6) Michigan (1) North Carolina (1) New Jersey (6) New Mexico (3) New York (21) Pennsylvania (7) Texas (3) Virginia (1) Vermont (1) So far, eleven people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. And 55% of the victims are children 10 years of age or younger. These outbreaks are overlapping. The PulseNet system is being used to identify the cases that may be part of these outbreaks. … [Read more...]

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