Earlier this week, we reported here on the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to pet turtles. 107 people were sickened in the outbreak, primarily children. A report on the outbreak was published this week in the medical journal "Pediatrics." Here is a link to the abstract of the article.
The basics of the outbreak:
We identified 107 patients with outbreak-strain infections. The median patient age was 7 years; 33% were hospitalized. Forty-seven (60%) of 78 patients interviewed reported exposure to turtles during the week before illness; 41 (87%) were small turtles, and 16 (34%) were purchased in a retail pet store.