Small Turtles Carry Salmonella

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Aug 09, 2012 in Local

Most Arizona residents would assume that small turtles are seemingly harmless. However, recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have proven these assumptions wrong. Across the United States, small turtles have been spreading various strains of Salmonella infections.

Small turtle exposure has been linked to Salmonella outbreaks in 30 states. Arizona, which has recorded 5 infected persons thus far, is amongst the states that have seen outbreak strains of Salmonella Pomona, Salmonella Poona, and Salmonella Sandiego. As of today, a total of 168 people have been infected.

While no deaths have been reported, 34 of the 168 infected have been hospitalized. Connection between these small turtles and Salmonella has been in question in recent days. However, approximately 94 percent of ill persons have reported specific exposure to turtles prior to outbreak.

Turtles carry the Salmonella infection on their shell surface and outer skin, highlighting the importance of abstaining from touching them. Additional reptiles, as well as amphibians, can carry and spread Salmonella.

If you or a loved one has become infected with Salmonella, the Arizona lawyers of Phillips Law Group are here to help. Simply submit you information to the right for a Free Case Review.

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