Public Health Emerging Issues – March 19, 2018

AVOID SALMONELLA BY PICKING SAFE PETS

  • Salmonella can be transmitted by rodents, chicks and ducklings. Keep this in mind when selecting pets or gifts for your family.
    • Two cases of Salmonella were traced back to guinea pigs in Colorado in 2017 during a multi-state outbreak.
      • Pet rodents are not recommended for families with children younger than five years, pregnant women, elderly adults or people with weakened immune systems.
    • Live poultry are often given as gifts during the Easter holiday, which puts people, especially those in the sensitive groups listed above, at risk.
  • If you choose to keep rodents or live poultry as pets, keep these tips in mind.
    • Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after touching a rodent or live poultry.
    • Never kiss, snuggle or hold rodents or poultry close to your face, even if you consider them to be pets.
    • Never eat, drink or smoke while playing with or caring for your pet rodent or poultry.
  • Germs can contaminate surfaces in areas where they live and roam, so rodents and live poultry should never be free to wander throughout your home.
  • Visit health.mesacounty.us to learn more about Salmonella transmission from rodents and live poultry.

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