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Quick Update: Salmonella Typhimurium Associated With Pet Hedgehogs


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  • Per CDC

  • 11 people in 8 states infected with Salmonella Typhimurium, one hospitalized

  • Isolates closely related as determined by PFGE and WGS

  • Associated with contact with pet hedgehogs, no common source identified

  • Investigation is ongoing

  • Recommendations

  • Wash hands after handling

  • Don't kiss or snuggle hedgehogs

  • Don't let hedgehogs roam freely in areas where food is prepared or stored

  • Keep habitats and items in housing clean

  • Consider a different pet for children under 5, adults over 65, or immunocompromised individuals

PEERA HEMARAJATA, M.D., PH.D., D(ABMM)

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