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'Don't kiss or snuggle': Pet hedgehogs linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak, CDC says

Source: USA Today

'Don't kiss or snuggle': Pet hedgehogs linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak, CDC says

Joel Shannon, USA TODAY Published 4:55 p.m. ET Jan. 25, 2019 | Updated 6:11 p.m. ET Jan. 25, 2019

A Salmonella outbreak impacting eight states has been linked to contact with pet hedgehogs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

The outbreak has affected 11 people as of Wednesday, ten of whom reported contact with a hedgehog in the week before their illness, according to the CDC.

Three cases have been reported in Missouri and two cases have been reported in Minnesota. Colorado, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming each have one case as of Jan. 23, the CDC says.

The CDC has previously warned that hedgehogs can carry Salmonella. One such warning came in 2013 after a hedgehog-related outbreak was linked with a death.

Because hedgehogs can carry Salmonella while appearing healthy, the CDC advises thorough hand washing after handling a one or cleaning its habitat.

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Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/01/25/pet-hedgehogs-linked-salmonella-outbreak-cdc-says/2681200002/

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