The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Uganda infections.
As of January 10, 2022, a total of 44 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from 25 states. 15 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiologic and laboratory data show that contact with bearded dragons is making people sick.
Always take these steps to stay healthy around your pet bearded dragon:
- Wash your hands
- Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching or feeding your bearded dragon and after touching or cleaning the area where it lives and roams.
- Adults should make sure young children are washing their hands.
- Play safely
- Don’t kiss or snuggle your bearded dragon, and don’t eat or drink around it. This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick.
- Keep your bearded dragon out of your kitchen and other areas where you eat, store, or prepare food.
- Keep things clean
- Clean your bearded dragon supplies outside the house, if possible. These supplies may include its feeders, toys, and food and water containers.
- If you clean the supplies indoors, don’t clean them in the kitchen or other areas where you eat or prepare food. Use a laundry sink or bathtub, and thoroughly clean and disinfect the area right after.
If you are thinking of getting a pet bearded dragon:
- Pick the right pet for your family
- Bearded dragons and other reptiles are not recommended for children younger than 5, adults aged 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems. These people are more likely to get a serious illness from germs that reptiles can carry.
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