Six others were treated as a result of an outbreak of salmonella, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims to be likely to be tied to pet hedgehogs.
Meanwhile, 17 people are infected in eleven states With Salmonella Typhimurium, an increase over January, when eleven people in eight states became sick, the Federal Health Office said on Friday in its first update since the announcement of the outbreak.
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Almost all (87 percent) of those who were ill told the CDC that they had contact with a hedgehog before they became ill. At least two people were hospitalized as a result, but no deaths were reported.
"In eight samples collected from hedgehogs in Minnesota, pathogens were identified, including three hedgehogs from two hospitals." The CDC said in its update, although it has been determined that a common tier supplier has not yet been identified. That said, hedgehogs have the potential to infect humans with salmonella, regardless of where they were purchased.
"Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella bacteria in their feces and look healthy and clean," explains the CDC. "These germs can easily spread to their bodies, their habitat, their toys, their bedding, and anything in the area. People get sick when they touch hedgehogs or anything in their habitats. "
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The CDC also warned that people should not" kiss or cuddle hedgehogs "because they can" spread salmonella germs in the face and mouth and make them ill.
Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps. According to the CDC, which estimates that Salmonella in the US causes about 1