Pet frogs linked to salmonella outbreak

This Dec. 4, 2009 file photo provided by the Center for Disease Control shows an African dwarf tree frog. A government report released Monday, March 11, 2013, by Pediatrics says that African dwarf frogs can carry salmonella. A 2008-11 outbreak sickened nearly 400 people, mostly children. Since these miniature amphibians can live up to 18 years, some linked with the outbreak may remain in U.S. homes. Five outbreak-linked cases occurred last year. No one died. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control, File)
March 11, 2013 4:50:07 PM PDT
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control is linking small water frogs sold as pets to an outbreak of salmonella infections from 2008 to 2011.

The report, published in the Journal of Pediatrics found the infection sickened 376 people, mostly children, in 44 states and sent 29 percent of those infected to the hospital.

Experts say people should thoroughly wash their hands after handling any amphibian or reptile.


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