Investigation links Salmonella outbreak to pet bearded dragons

An investigation into a Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to pet bearded dragons revealed a multinational outbreak that included a dozen cases in the United States in 2021 and 2022, researchers reported.
Keeping reptiles as household pets has become more common in the U.S. and Canada, but many people are unaware that reptiles such as lizards, snakes and turtles can carry Salmonella in their gastrointestinal tracts without displaying signs of illness while also shedding the bacterium, according to Katherine Paphitis, PhD, MSc, CPHI(c), CIC, an enteric zoonotic specialist at Public Health

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