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Quick Update: Salmonella Enteridis in Pet Guinea Pigs


  • Involving 9 people from 8 states

  • WGS confirmed to be related

  • Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 17, 2015 to December 15, 2017

  • Same Salmonella Enteridis identified in sample from an ill person’s pet guinea pig in Vermont

  • These rodents may be carrying Salmonella and not appear to be sick

  • Pet rodents: NOT recommended for children <5 yo, should not be kept in childcare centers

  • Wash your hands after touching, feeding, or caring for pet rodents or cleaning their habitats

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