At least 11 people in eight states have been affected by a salmonella outbreak that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
The CDC announced Friday that Salmonella typhimurium told the federal health agency they had contact with a hedgehog before becoming ill.
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At least one person has been hospitalized in relation to the outbreak but no deaths have been reported at this time. Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming.
"Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean," the CDC Explains. "These germs can easily spread to their bodies, habitats, toys, bedding, and anything in the area where they live.
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The CDC so warned people should not "kiss or snuggle" hedgehogs because they can "Salmonella germs to your face and mouth and make you sick. "
While the hedgehogs have not been identified at this time, the CDC has noted that they have purchased each other.
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Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps. Illnesses are more likely to be severe in the elderly and infants, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which estimates about 1.2 million illnesses in the U.S.. per year.