The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in an update today that ten more people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported, bringing the total to 27 people. Two people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

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Six more states are included in this investigation (CA, IN, KS, MI, OR, TN).

Forty-two percent of the ill people are children age 12 or younger.

A common supplier of hedgehogs in this outbreak has not been identified. Ill people reported buying hedgehogs from various sources, including pet stores, breeders, or online.

Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean. Germs can easily spread to their bodies and anything in the area where they live.

Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching, feeding, or caring for a hedgehog or cleaning its habitat. Adults should supervise handwashing for young children.

Don’t kiss or snuggle hedgehogs, because this can spread Salmonella germs to your face and mouth and make you sick.

Don’t let hedgehogs roam freely in areas where food is prepared or stored, such as kitchens.

Clean hedgehog habitats, toys, and supplies outside the house when possible.