Exotic pets can harbor salmonella

02/28/2013 | USA Today

More than 12 million U.S. homes have exotic pets, according to data from the American Veterinary Medical Association's 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, and some species are known to carry salmonella. Chickens, ducks, frogs, snakes and other species can transmit the bacteria, and turtles and hedgehogs were recently implicated in zoonotic outbreaks in the U.S., according to the CDC. Recommendations for safe handling of pets and their food are included in this article.

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