ATLANTA (Fox 32 News) – The CDC is warning that 11 people have gotten sick of salmonella from snuggling with pet hedgehogs.
The cases have been reported in eight states including Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Maine, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas.
The outbreak strain of Salmonella typhimurium was identified in samples collected from three hedgehogs in two ill patients' homes in Minnesota. The patients were interviewed and 91% reported they had been in contact with a hedgehog.
One person has been hospitalized.
Hedgehogs can carry salmonella even if they appear healthy. The CDC says you should never kiss or snuggle hedgehogs.