Frogs pinpointed as source of widespread Salmonella outbreak

03/11/2013 | CNN/The Chart blog

CDC investigators found that African dwarf frogs are the source of a Salmonella outbreak that involved 376 people, mostly children, across 44 states, resulting in hospitalization in 29% of cases. This is the first time amphibians have been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. "Amphibians and reptiles should never be kept in homes with children less than 5 years old or with people who have immune deficiencies," said lead researcher and CDC official Shauna Mettee Zarecki. Blue Lobster Farms, a California breeding facility, has been identified as the source of the implicated amphibians.

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