This Frog Is No Prince

Water frogs appear to be responsible for yet another Salmonella outbreak in the U.S., CDC researchers say.

A total of 85 patients in 31 states have been sickened with Salmonella typhimurium, and African dwarf frogs are the culprits.

Intermittent data on the outbreak were reported last month — 48 infected patients in 25 states — with a warning about proper hygiene when handling the aquatic species, if they must be handled at all. (See Another Reason Not to Kiss a Frog)

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CDC researchers found that patients who’d handled a frog had nearly a 25-fold increased risk of Salmonella infection, compared with those who hadn’t held an amphibian.

Reptiles have long been known to carry and transmit the bacteria. In October, the journal Pediatrics carried a report of a 2007 outbreak linked to tiny turtles — which were banned from sale in the U.S. in the 1970s because of concerns about disease transmission. (See Little Turtles Tied to Salmonella Outbreak, Again)

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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