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Multistate Salmonella outbreak likely linked to hedgehogs

BRITAIN-AGRICULTURE-SHOW Hedgehogs can carry salmonella even when they appear healthy. Oli Scarff AFP Getty Images
Celia Hoffman | 27 January, 2019, 23:56

The federal government is warning Americans to avoid kissing or snuggling with hedgehogs because they might be carrying salmonella.

The outbreak has affected 11 people in eight states this week, 10 of whom had recently been in contact with a hedgehog, according to the Center for Disease Control.

As of January 23, 2019, 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from eight states. Following these interviews, CDC's laboratory evidence demonstrated that these tiny pets are likely to blame for the salmonella outbreak. The CDC said the common supplier of hedgehogs involved in this outbreak hasn't been identified yet.

While hedgehogs may appear healthy and clean, they can carry traces of salmonella in their droppings, according to the CDC. "These germs can easily spread to their bodies, habitats, toys, bedding and anything in the area where they live".

In addition to the person from Nebraska, people in Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, Texas, Mississippi and ME have been affected, the CDC said. No deaths have been reported.

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Symptoms of salmonellaA person infected with salmonella can experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

Most people's Salmonella infections resolve on their own after four to seven days, but in rare cases, the infection can be deadly.

Most people recover without treatment, but some illnesses can last longer and be very severe, especially in young children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella is the cause for 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the USA annually.

Cleaning their toys and supplies is also recommended, but also do this in the kitchen, where the germs can spread.

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