Kids’ Pet Frogs Caused Salmonella Outbreak, CDC Says
Pet African dwarf frogs have been linked to salmonella outbreaks that sickened hundreds in recent years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2008 to 2011 outbreaks made nearly 400 people sick – mostly children – many of whom were hospitalized. The infection was traced to a California breeding facility.
The CDC says parents may not be aware of the risk posed by the frogs and cautions parents not to keep amphibians of any kind in homes where there are children under the age of five.
Dr. Robert Frenck, professor of pediatrics with the Infectious Diseases Division at Cincinnati Children’s, noted that it’s possible to be infected with salmonella by drinking contaminated water. But it seems to be more commonly transmitted either from food contaminated with the bacteria or direct contamination of the hand that subsequently goes in the mouth, said Frenck, commenting on the report.