COCA Now: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni Infections Linked to Pet Turtles

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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni Infections Linked to Pet Turtles



CDC and multiple states are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Agbeni infections linked to contact with pet turtles. A total of 66 people have been reported from 18 states. For more information about case numbers please see Case Count Maps.

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Epidemiologic and laboratory findings link the outbreak of human Salmonella Agbeni infections to contact with turtles or their environments, such as water from a turtle habitat.

CDC recommends that households with young children do not keep turtles or other reptiles as pets. Guidance on pet care is available here

Health care providers should ask patients and patient caregivers about pet and animal ownership and should provide education about the risks of acquiring salmonellosis from pet reptiles. Guidance for healthcare providers and veterinarians is available here.

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