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Some real stats....


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Posted by chrish on October 03, 2002 at 11:38:03:

In Reply to: Pet Reptiles Can Be Source of Salmonella Infection posted by lbenton on October 03, 2002 at 09:57:49:

I always chuckle when I see these reptile/Salmonella stats.

Sure, there is a documentable risk of Salmonellosis associated with reptiles. Always wash your hands after handling them and don't eat while handling them.

But for some stats, check out this report http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/phlisdata/salmonella.htm. It gives you interesting info from the year 2000 for documented cases of salmonellosis (which may represent less than 5% of the overall Salmonella infections according to the CDC - most people get a little intestinal trouble and don't think much about the cause).

There were 7027 documented cases where the serovar of Salmonella was known and the source was found. Of those
- less than 4% of cases were from reptiles
- 71% of cases were from beef/pork/turkey/chicken products
- 29% of cases were from beef alone (more than any other group)

So next time you are eating that rare steak or undercooked hamburger while you fret about your reptile cage cleanliness...........



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