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Salmonella linked to pet turtle contact


October 16, 2019

Washington State health officials are working with local and federal public health partners to investigate a cluster of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet turtles.

Washington has two cases in this multi-state outbreak, one each from Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Both people report contact with pet turtles, and one person was hospitalized.

“Salmonella can cause a serious or even life-threatening illness,” said Hanna Oltean, epidemiologist with the Department of Health. “People should know that reptiles and amphibians carry Salmonella, and they can best prevent getting and spreading the illness by learning safe pet handling techniques.”

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