At least 11 people in eight countries have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak, which the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims to be probably related to petherilles.
The CDC reported on Friday that "epidemiological and laboratory evidence suggests that contact with hedgehogs is the most likely source of this outbreak" and noted that 10 out of the 11 people who had been affected by Salmonella Typhimurium claimed to be had contact with a hedgehog before he became ill.
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At least one person was hospitalized for the outbreak, but no deaths were reported at this time. From January 23, countries affected by the outbreak are Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming.
"Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella microbes into their stools while they look healthy and clean," explains the CDC. – These microbes can easily spread to bodies, habitats, toys, bedding and everything in the area where they live. People get sick after touching the hedgehogs or anything else in their habitats. "
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The CDC also warned that people should not "kiss or press" hedgehogs because "they can spread Salmonella microbes to your face and mouth and cause you to get sick."
While no common supplier of potentially infected hedgehogs was identified at the time, the CDC notes that these animals have the potential to infect humans with Salmonella, no matter where they are purchased.
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Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps. Diseases are more likely to be severe in adults and infants, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to which salmonella causes about 1.2 million diseases in the United States per year.