Multistate outbreak of human Salmonella Cotham
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For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
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- As of April 21, 2014, a total of 132 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Cotham have been reported from 31 states since Feb. 21, 2012.
- 58 percent of ill persons are children 5 years of age or younger.
- 42 percent of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
- Epidemiologic, laboratory, and trace-back findings have linked this outbreak of Salmonella infections to contact with pet bearded dragons purchased from multiple stores in different states.
- Bearded dragons are popular pet lizards that come in a variety of colors.
- CDC’S NARMS laboratory conducted antibiotic resistance testing on Salmonella Cotham isolates collected from three ill persons infected with the outbreak strain.
- Of the three isolates collected from ill persons, one was resistant to ceftriaxone, an antibiotic used to treat serious Salmonella infections.
- It is very important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching reptiles or anything in the area where they live and roam.