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Pet Bearded Dragons Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in US
livescience ^ | April 24, 2014 | Bahar Gholipour

Posted on 04/25/2014 9:24:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono

A salmonella outbreak that has so far sickened 132 people in 31 states over the last two years has now been traced to a source — pet lizards called bearded dragons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bearded dragons were purchased from multiple stores in different states, the CDC researchers said today (April 24). More than half of people infected were children younger than 5, and 42 percent of patients had to be hospitalized. The CDC is continuing to watch for other cases that may be part of this outbreak.

The outbreak is caused by bacteria called Salmonella cotham, a rare type of salmonella, researchers found. Before this outbreak, typically fewer than 25 Salmonella cotham infections were reported each year. Bearded dragons are popular pet lizards. They are native to Australia and are found in a variety of colors, including gray, red and yellow. The pet industry is working with public health officials to determine the source of the bearded dragons linked to this outbreak, according to the CDC.......

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: beardeddragons


1 posted on 04/25/2014 9:24:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono; All
facts are, the little kids..shouldn't handle the Dragons
(fingers in mouth), unless under Older Teen/Adult supervision.

2 posted on 04/25/2014 9:34:33 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Just wash hands after and they are fine I am sure.


3 posted on 04/25/2014 9:36:46 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: JoeProBono

Sad news. Bearded Dragons are actually friendly, alert little guys, very different from other lizards. If I didn’t have a cat, I’d be tempted to own one. Hope they can they be cured of Salmonella.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 9:39:30 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: skinkinthegrass

5 posted on 04/25/2014 9:44:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Veto!

Iguanas are also a common source of the disease.


6 posted on 04/25/2014 9:46:15 AM PDT by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: Veto!


7 posted on 04/25/2014 9:47:06 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Awww. We CAN all get along.


8 posted on 04/25/2014 9:49:31 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Tax-chick

FYI


9 posted on 04/25/2014 9:49:43 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: Veto!; JoeProBono; Tax-chick

Beardies have an excellent vision range.
Same with most Swifts.
They will see and respond to things past ten foot away.
Some lizards seem to be “near sighted” and will only respond to things within ten foot.
Not beardies.


10 posted on 04/25/2014 9:50:25 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Thanks for the info. I visit Beardies in the pet store, and they do follow me with their eyes…even looking backwards over their “shoulders.”


11 posted on 04/25/2014 9:52:47 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!; Tax-chick

Welcome.
Not certain about their intelligence though.
Tex Chick has beardies and can provide info on how smart they are.


12 posted on 04/25/2014 10:02:01 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

They do not seem to be very clever. They’re alert to predators, but that’s about it.


13 posted on 04/25/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Celebrating the return of Piper after 16 days on the lam. Have a drink!)
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To: Tax-chick

my daughter had 2 of these about 10 years ago.. I never got why she wanted them... you might as well put a stick in a cage and give it name, as far as I’m concerned.


14 posted on 04/25/2014 10:18:01 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: JoeProBono

No surprise here.
It’s an established fact that upward of 90% of all reptiles and amphibians carry salmonella of their skin.
There was even a recent case where a zoo employee, who worked with reptiles, infected and re-infected his newborn daughter until he was instructed to bath and change his clothing when he got home from work, before he could hold his daughter.


15 posted on 04/25/2014 10:40:52 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Government by Gun Point.)
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To: JoeProBono

I remember the olden days when it was pet turtles that were the problem. You don’t see them in stores anymore.

We had some and never got sick.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 10:40:53 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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17 posted on 04/25/2014 10:54:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Along with a host of assorted reptiles collected by my daughter, I kept a baby Red Eared Slider that reached 10 inches in diameter. Never had a problem with salmonella, because everybody was required to use a strong disinfecting hand soap with a thorough washing after contact with the critters and their environment.


18 posted on 04/25/2014 11:06:15 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: JoeProBono

If you think that’s bad, never have a pet armadillo, a beast that is spreading across the Southland, and wasn’t even stopped by the Mississippi river.

Armadillos can carry and transmit leprosy to humans.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 11:24:05 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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20 posted on 04/25/2014 12:28:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Is spreading? Heck, they’ve been in South Georgia for at least 20 years.


21 posted on 04/25/2014 12:30:31 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: JoeProBono

Too cute! Now I want another one. Man, those aquarium tanks, accessories, and habitat “decor” cost me a fortune over the years, but it was a lot of fun. Took me a while to catch on...they could give you the critters for free. Like Barbie dolls, what they are really selling are the endless “accessories.”


22 posted on 04/25/2014 1:11:35 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: FreedomPoster
The current (circa 2009–2010) range (shaded red), and predicted future range (shaded pink) of the nine-banded armadillo in the USA.


23 posted on 04/25/2014 2:54:47 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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