CDC Issues Salmonella Outbreak Warning for 25 States Caused by Household Pet

A salmonella outbreak that has affected at least 44 people in 25 states has been linked to a beloved pet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Monday that contact with bearded dragons, a popular reptilian pet, has resulted in more than three dozen people across the country becoming infected with strain of the bacteria called Salmonella Uganda.

According to the CDC, the outbreak of the strain Salmonella Uganda was first reported on Dec. 24, 2020, with new cases reported in each of the following 12 months and reaching a total of 44 confirmed cases as of Jan. 10, 2022. However, the CDC noted that "the true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the nu...

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