By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — What next, 2020?
In this year of surprising threats to public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating a pair of salmonella outbreaks among people who cuddled pet hedgehogs and bearded dragon lizards.
No deaths have been reported in either outbreak but a dozen people have been hospitalized, the CDC said. In both cases, health officials have not identified a common supplier.
The outbreak connected with bearded dragons has sickened 13 people in eight states and seven have been hospitalized.
Ten of the sick people said they’d had contact with a bearded dragon before becoming ill. Patients reported buying bearded dragons from various pet stores in several states, the CDC said.
The outbreak linked to pet hedgehogs has sickened 32 people in 17 states. Five have been hospitalized. Sixteen of 23 ill