Not every day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are giving advice on pethels, but here we are.
The CDC said on Friday that it is currently investigating a salmonella Typhimurium the outburst you think may be associated with these prickly creatures, adding that you definitely do not have to be cuddling or sliding your hedgehog – hard like that. Eleven people in eight countries fell ill after having contacted a pet hedgehog as one person was hospitalized.
No deaths were reported in this epidemic, but related to a hedgehog salmonella The outburst involving the same strain is related to the death of a person in Washington in 2013. People with weak immune systems may be particularly sensitive to potentially serious effects.
The CDC said in its consultation that people began to report a disease in late October, and 10 of the 11 interviewed by health officials said they had previously had hedgehogs. So far, incidents have been reported in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming.
salmonella is an extremely nasty infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and, in some extreme cases, death. In particular, the hedgehogs "can wear salmonella microbes in their stools until they look healthy and clean, "said CDC.
That's it salmonella outbreak or not, the agency advises pet owners of rodents and other resins as well as hedgehogs to always wash their hands after work or care for the animal and not allow them to walk freely in the house or eat and drink around them.
This, of course, is not a hatred for the hedgehogs. The CDC has issued similar recommendations for pets like chickens (do not kiss them!) And turtles (again, please do not kiss!) salmonella outbreaks. I certainly understand the need to crush the sweet thing, but the CDC also advises not to kiss and compress these pets in general – not just during an outbreak.
Love your pet friends safely.[CDC]