CDC Warns Pet Bearded Dragons Linked To Salmonella Infections Across The U.S.

Owners of bearded dragons or those considering them as pets may want to pay attention to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent warning.

The CDC issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pet bearded dragons, and they’re sharing steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

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According to the report, at least 23 people across 15 U.S. states have contracted salmonella illnesses recently, with 8 hospitalizations.

States impacted by the outbreak include California, Utah, Iowa, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

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Sadly, half of the reported cases were in children under the age of one. Because of the risk of Salmonella exposure, the CDC recommends any child under 5 years old should avoid contact with bearded dragons entirely. Households with bearded dragons should ensure their enclosures and areas they roam are kept clean and disinfected.

It can be hard to tell if a bearded dragon carries salmonella since even a clean and healthy-looking reptile can infect people.

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You can get Salmonella from touching or handling a bearded dragon, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands after interacting with one.

As per the CDC, bearded dragons should never be kissed or cuddled.

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