If you have a hedgehog, listen up. It’s time to nix cuddle time with these little guys.
The CDC,(Center for Disease Control), has linked hedgehogs to a salmonella outbreak.
A total of 26 persons infected with the outbreak a specific strain of Salmonella Typhimurium were reported from 12 states.
The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Alabama (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (3), Missouri (1), New Hampshire (1), Ohio (5), Oregon (1), and Washington (7).
One death associated with Salmonella infection was reported in Washington and 35% of ill persons were children 10 years of age or younger.
This started back in October when 10 people said they’d been in contact with a pet hedgehog before they got sick.
Hedgehogs that look clean and healthy can carry salmonella, which shows up in their droppings, and it can easily spread to toys, their bedding and, really anywhere they go.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
The CDC advises, it is very important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching hedgehogs or anything in the area where they live and roam.