June 17, 2024

Small Turtle Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 59 in 18 States

The small turtle Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 59 people in 18 states, and has hospitalized 23 of those patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is an increase of 33 more illnesses, 14 new hospitalizations, and seven more states since the last update was issued on August 25, 2023. In addition, another serotype, Salmonella Poona, has been added.   It is illegal to sell or buy turtles with shells less than four inches long in the United States. A federal law was passed because these animals have caused many illnesses, particularly in young children. Yet these turtles are found for sale in pet stores, and are for sale on line, at flea markets, or at roadside stands. These turtles excrete Salmonella in their feces even if … [Read more...]

Small Turtle Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 26 in 11 States

Another small turtle Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 26 people in 11 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nine people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. A federal law bans the sale of small turtles with shells less than 4 inches long because they have caused so many illnesses, especially in young children. The pathogens are Salmonella Stanley and Salmonella Pomona. In spite of this ban, small turtles can be found being sold illegally online and at flea markets, roadside stands, and stores. Pet turtles of  any size can carry Salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy. The germs spread to their bodies, tank water, and anything in the area where they live. People get sick because they touch or snuggle these animals and … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Illegal Small Turtles Sickens 15

A Salmonella outbreak linked to illegal small turtles has sickened at least 15 pole in 11 states and has hospitalized five, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A federal law bans the sale of  turtles with shells less than four inches long, because they have caused so many Salmonella outbreaks. They are sometimes available for sale online and at stores, flea markets, and roadside stands. The people who reported buying small turtles before they got sick purchased them from a website called myturtlestore.com. The same strain of Salmonella that made people sick was found on turtles purchased from that online shop. Pet turtles of any size can carry Salmonella bacteria, even though they look healthy and clean. The pathogen easily spreads to tank water and … [Read more...]

Salmonella Agbeni Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni infections that are linked to pet turtles.  As of August 29, 2017, there are 37 people sick in 13 states. Sixteen people have been hospitalized, which is a very high percentage for this type of outbreak. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 1, 2017 to August 3, 2017. Of 33 people who have been interviewed, 16 have been hospitalized. That hospitalization rate of almost 50% is more than double the usual rate of 22% for most Salmonella outbreaks. Twelve, or 32%, of ill persons are children under the age of 5. No deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic and laboratory findings link the outbreak to contact with turtles or their environment, such as … [Read more...]

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...]

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