It's not every day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues a guidebook on pet hedgehogs, but here we are.
The CDC said Friday that they are currently investigating a Salmonella typhimurium eruption, which he believes he may contact with these prickly creatures, and adds that to you Do not hug or hug your pet hedgehog – hard as that may be. Eleven people in eight states became ill after contact with a pet hedgehog, one of which was reportedly hospitalized.
No deaths were reported in this outbreak, but a hedgehog-related Salmonella crash involving the disease. The same exposure was associated with the death of a man in Washington in 2013 brought. People with a weak immune system can be particularly vulnerable to potentially serious consequences.
The CDC said in its council that people had started the disease at the end of October and 10 out of the eleven people who were interviewed by health officials said they had previously crossed with a pet hedgehog. To date, incidents have been reported in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming.
Salmonella is a very nasty infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and, in some extreme cases, death. In particular, hedgehogs "can carry salmonella germs in their feces while appearing healthy and clean," the CDC said.
So Salmonella or the agency breaks out of these pet owners rodents and other Smol Bois like hedgehogs always wash their hands after handling the animal or taking care of the animal, and avoid that they walk around freely in the house or eat and drink around them.
This, of course, is no hate for hedgehogs. The CDC has similar advice for pets like chickens (please do not kiss them!) And turtles (again please do not kiss!) During the outbreaks of Salmonella . I certainly understand the need to defeat the nice thing, but the CDC also advises against kissing and cuddling these pets – not just during an outbreak.