Yesterday, a local story in a county newspaper in Texas carried the headline, “Salmonella can come from pets.”
The story reported,
“Three cases of salmonella among children in Lubbock County since December 2008 are likely the result of exposure to reptiles, said Judy Davis, a spokeswoman for the city of Lubbock health department.”
I just wanted to point out that, although less of a problem, handwashing is also important for preventing salmonella infections from furry pets.
In 1999, the CDC received reports from three state health departments of outbreaks of multidrug-resistant Salmonella serotype Typhimurium infections in employees and clients of small animal veterinary clinics and an animal shelter.
The CDC’s report stated,
“Salmonella infections usually are acquired by eating contaminated food [including produce and peanut butter]; however, direct contact with infected animals, including dogs and cats, also can result in exposure and infection.”