CBS NEWS – An 11-state salmonella outbreak has been linked to small turtles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday.
At least 26 illnesses have been reported, with nine hospitalizations, the health organization said. The outbreak spans the country. Tennessee, with six cases, has been hit hardest. There are also cases in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania and New York.
The first case was reported in late October last year. New cases have been reported almost every month since then, with six of the cases reported in July.
“The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses,” the CDC said. “This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella.”
Officials announced a separate salmonella outbreak linked to small turtles in July last year. Pet turtles of any size can carry salmonella, even if they appear healthy and clean.