That is the pet turtles spreading Salmonella. Several states have reported outbreaks of Salmonella associated with the little creatures that children love to have as “pets.” Infections with Salmonella may cause severe diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping and just plain feeling sick. If you have a turtle or other pet reptiles and symptoms of Salmonella infection occur, seek medical help. And, perhaps consider a pet other than a turtle!
For more information on the risks of Salmonella passed along by turtles or other pet reptiles please visit the following link to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.