Australia sees rise in salmonella cases tied to reptiles

As reptiles become increasingly popular as pets in Australia -- roughly 50,000 people there are reptile owners -- there has been a corresponding uptick in salmonella poisonings, says reptile specialist Robert Johnson. Johnson advises owners to practice good hygiene such as hand-washing after handling the animals to avoid the risk of salmonella infection.

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