Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Small Pets

Furry “pocket pets” like hamsters, mice and rats have sickened up to 30 people in at least 10 states, including Illinois, with dangerous multidrug-resistant bacteria, health officials warn.

The multistate salmonella outbreak during 2004 was linked with exposure to rodents (e.g., hamsters, mice, and rats) purchased at pet stores, accoding to CDC report released on May 6. The report highlights methods for reducing Salmonella transmission from pet rodents to their owners.

Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Typhimurium Associated with Rodents Purchased at Retail Pet Stores — United States, December 2003–October 2004.


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