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Small Turtles Cause Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Department of Health has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella linked to turtle exposure. 

Small turtles are often seen as a "safe" pet for children, but parents could unknowingly be exposing their children to Salmonella infections. 

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More than 160 cases of infection linked to small turtles have been reported across 30 states, including Tennessee. 64% are children age ten or younger. Salmonella germs shed in reptile dropping and amphibians, contaminating their bodies and the tanks where they are kept and spreading to people in some cases. 

The FDA has banned the sale of turtles with a shell length of less than 4 inches since 1975, but they continue to spread infection. For more information from the CDC, CLICK HERE

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