Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Salmonella outbreak in several states linked to pet hedgehogs

Hedgehog held in hands isolated on white Hedgehog held in hands isolated on white
Ben Pena | 27 January, 2019, 23:59

"Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean", the CDC explains.

The CDC has identified 11 people in eight states who were infected with salmonella associated with the pets, with illnesses beginning between October 22 and December 25.

As of Friday, the CDC said there had been 11 people in eight states sickened by a strain of Salmonella typhimurium; in 10 of the 11 cases, "ill people reported contact with a hedgehog", the agency said. There is no death reported and only one was hospitalized. This can be easily transferred in their habitat, toys, beddings, and anywhere else the animals stay, so it is best to constantly wash hands with soap after holding or feeding the pet and cleaning its things.

Watch out for cute hedgehogs: The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) just linked a recent salmonella outbreak to the small animals.

Three of the patients live in Missouri; two of them live in Minnesota; and one each live in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming.

United Kingdom launches plans to help combat antimicrobial resistance by 2040
In 2018, Public Health England reported the case of of a United Kingdom man infected with a multidrug-resistant form of gonorrhea. Experts say doctors could be prescribing antibiotics too often, and sometimes giving them to patients who don't really need them.

Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that generally last between four and seven days.

People affected by the outbreak reported buying their pets from various sources, including pet stores, breeders, or on the internet, and a common supplier has not been identified.

There are an estimated 1.2 million salmonella cases in the United States annually, and various foods are to blame for about 1 million of those illnesses, according to the CDC. If not treated immediately and properly with the right antibiotics, the salmonella infection could prove to be deadly at rare occasions. Households "might consider a different pet" if they have children under 5, adults over 65 and people with weakened immune systems, who are more likely to get sick.

Clean habitats, toys, and supplies outside the house when possible.

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