Stoat inthe Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, England - June 2009, originally uploaded by SaffyH.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning that many reptiles carry salmonella, a form of bacteria that makes people very sick. Pet reptiles, such as snakes, lizards (like the iguana above), and turtles, aren't affected by the bacteria, so they don't show signs that they are carrying it. "There's no way to tell that a reptile is salmonella-free," says Stephanie Wong, a CDC veterinarian. Never keep pet reptiles in homes with children under the age of 5 because youngsters are more susceptible to illness. If you have a pet reptile or know someone who does, avoid touching it. If you do touch a reptile or its cage, wash your
GORDON, DAVID GEORGE. "WARNING: PETS POSE PROBLEMS." National Geographic World Mar. 2000: 5. General OneFile. Web. 15 June 2010.
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Disclaimer:This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional care.