Young Children at Risk for Salmonella Infection from Pet Frogs

A nationwide outbreak of Salmonella infections that affected more than 375 children has been linked to keeping African dwarf frogs as pets.

A study of the outbreak, which occurred from 2008 to 2011, found that few of the sickened children were aware of the risk of Salmonella from reptiles and amphibians.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 5 avoid contact with these frogs, their water, the tanks and aquariums because they are at a higher risk for infection than older children. Additionally, anyone washing out the frogs’ habitat should do it outside, instead of in the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Parents also should educate themselves and their children about the risk of Salmonella infection from reptiles and amphibians and the importance of hand-washing.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics news release

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