Salmonellosis From Reptile Pets
Rosemary Black (Black, 2015)
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Apartment dwellers who aren’t allowed to have dogs and cats often decide to get a lizard, snake, or other reptile instead. As a result, the disease known as salmonellosis, caused by the bacteria salmonella, is becoming more common, Nelson says. Besides snakes and lizards, turtles and iguanas also harbor this bacteria. It doesn’t cause symptoms in the animal but can make humans very sick with diarrhea, fever, and cramps lasting about a week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns against keeping a turtleat home if you have young children or elderly people in the household, because of the risk of salmonellosis.
Prevention Tips: Ask your vet to test your reptile once a year to make sure it doesn’t have salmonella. Wash your hands thoroughly every time you handle your pet or put something in their cage. Don’t clean out the reptile cage in the kitchen sink, where salmonella could come in contact with food and dishes, says Julio Lopez, DVM, of Studio City Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. And make sure the vegetables you buy to feed them are triple-washed. “If you feed your reptile broccoli, kale, or any other vegetable that is not thoroughly washed, it could have salmonella,” Nelson says. Also, if you take a child to a petting zoo, be sure she thoroughly washes her hands at the end of the visit.