The Center for Disease Control is investigating salmonella outbreaks in people from 13 states linked to contact with pet turtles.
So far, 37 people have been infected in 13 states, including CT, with illnesses starting between March 1, 2017 and August 3, 2017, the CDC reported. In five months, as the outbreak spread, 16 people were hospitalized. Of the 33 people interviewed by the CDC, almost half said that they had come in contact with turtles, their tank, food or habitat.
CDC officials warn not to buy small turtles as pets or give them as gifts. The FDA has banned the distribution and sale of turtles with shells measuring smaller than 4 inches since 1975 after the hard-shelled animals were linked to salmonella infections in children.
In end, CDC officials said the outbreak could "continue since consumers might be unaware of the risk of Salmonella infection from small turtles".
On Tuesday, the agency said 13 states are now investigating outbreaks of salmonella linked to contact with the hard-shelled reptiles.
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CT is one of 13 states hit by a salmonella outbreak linked to pet turtles.
Both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration don't recommend buying turtles or gifting them. "This close genetic relationship means that people in this outbreak are more likely to share a common source of infection", the CDC reported on its website.
Also, about one-third of the victims have been kids younger than 5, who are more susceptible to getting sick due to their little immune systems and, well, hygiene. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. They say all turtles can carry salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean. Most people feel better within five to seven days. "They've busted two turtle vendors in Montgomery County in the past two weeks: One for selling the turtles to a Silver Spring store; the other for hawking them at the Six Flags parking lot".
Children are especially at risk, because, as The Post's Dina ElBoghdady wrote in 2012, "kids couldn't resist kissing the toylike reptiles or placing them in their mouths, sometimes contaminating themselves with the salmonella commonly found on turtles".