Title: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Small Turtles Raises Concerns; CDC Urges Caution
In a recent alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cautioned the public about a salmonella outbreak associated with small turtles. This outbreak has affected a total of 26 individuals across 11 states, with nine of them requiring hospitalization.
Leading the count, Tennessee has recorded the highest number of cases, with six reported infections. The root cause of the outbreak is believed to be related to turtles with shells shorter than 4 inches, as they have a known history of carrying the harmful bacteria.
Despite federal regulations strictly prohibiting the sale and distribution of these small turtles, they are still circulating through illegal channels. Owing to their popularity as pets, the demand for small turtles remains high. However, young children, who are more vulnerable, are at an increased risk of falling ill due to their exposure to these reptiles.
Alarmingly, pet turtles can carry salmonella germs in their droppings, even if they show no visible signs of illness. These germs can easily be transmitted to their bodies, tank water, and the environment surrounding them, making them especially dangerous to households. Thus, the CDC strongly advises against purchasing pet turtles, particularly for young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Salmonella infection exhibits symptoms such as high fevers, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. While most people recover from salmonella without specific treatment within 4 to 7 days, it is crucial to take preventive measures to avoid contracting the illness.
As Guam’s leading news source, Guam News Factor urges the public to remain vigilant and follow CDC guidelines to avoid the risk of salmonella infection. Ensure your safety and the well-being of your loved ones by refraining from purchasing small turtles and providing education on the potential health hazards associated with them.
Remember, vigilance and responsible pet ownership can help prevent the spread of infections and ensure a healthier environment for all. Stay informed and protect yourself from the current salmonella outbreak.
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