WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Baby Turtles: Adorable Vectors For Salmonella Bacteria

Play associated audio
Baby turtles may be cute, but officials say they may be causing cases of salmonella in Maryland and elsewhere.
Alan Wolf: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alumroot/37662053/
Baby turtles may be cute, but officials say they may be causing cases of salmonella in Maryland and elsewhere.

Federal officials are investigating multiple outbreaks of Salmonella across dozens of states. The Centers for Disease Control says that in Maryland, reptiles might be responsible.

Six people in Maryland have fallen ill with Salmonella after being exposed to baby turtles. Five victims were hospitalized, but all recovered.

The CDC is investigating three reptile-associated outbreaks across 16 states that have affected 63 people since the fall. The people who got sick in Maryland reported buying baby turtles -- it's illegal for unauthorized dealers to sell them. It is perfectly safe to have reptiles as pets, but it's a good idea to wash your hands after handling them and best to keep them out of the kitchen. 

There are more than one thousand types of Salmonella bacteria, and they are widespread and fairly resilient in the environment.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene warns that many baby animals including turtles, chicks, ducklings, and rabbits, which, of course, are commonly associated with Easter, can pass not just salmonella but other harmful bacteria as well.

NPR

Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
NPR

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
NPR

Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
NPR

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.