SoCal Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Turtle Exposure


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A multi-state salmonella outbreak among people handling turtles, that includes California and Los Angeles County, was announced Tuesday by officials at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Veterinary Public Health.

Over 100 people, mostly children were infected by the same strain and 24 of them had to be hospitalized officials at the Center for Disease Control reported.

Eleven cases of the infection were reported in Southern California that included eight cases in Los Angeles County, officials at L.A. county Public Health reported.


Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever and vomiting. The CDC and local health officials interviewed potential cases to determine the cause of the outbreak. Of those interviewed, 59 percent reported turtle exposure during the seven days before the illness onset. Further study confirmed that turtle exposure was strongly association with the outbreak.

Many human exposures were indirect. One baby became ill after being bathed in a sink where turtle feces had been discarded. Two girls fell ill after swimming in an un-chlorinated pool where turtles had been swimming.



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