We learn something new every day, and now we can add “cute pets can make you sick to the list.” Because it’s not just hedgehogs causing trouble — the CDC says frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, lizards, chicks and ducklings can all pass salmonella to humans.
According to the Associated Press, health officials say the number of salmonella infections seem to be increasing. Out of the 20 cases last year, one person died.
Just like dealing with raw meat, the CDC recommends thoroughly washing your hands after holding the cute little guys, and clean their cages and equipment outside.
And now you know. Cuteness doesn’t exempt you from spreading salmonella.