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06 July 2007

Salmonella from turtle

A three-week-old girl died of salmonella transmitted by a pet turtle, while 22 other people were infected.

A three-week-old girl died of salmonella transmitted by a pet turtle, while 22 other people were infected by the small reptiles across the United States since September, health authorities said.

Cultures of cerebrospinal fluid and blood samples taken from the infant found a type of salmonella identical to the one carried by the turtle, it said.

Health hazards
"Small turtles have posed a particular danger to young children because these turtles might not be perceived as health hazards and can be handled like toys," the CDC said.


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