Ten more Americans have contracted Salmonella after kissing and snuggling their pet hedgehogs, a new CDC report reveals. It means 27 people have now been struck by the multi-state outbreak of hedgehog-related vomiting in California, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Iowa, Virginia and Washington that started last October. Two people have been hospitalized, but none have died. Just shy of half of those affected (42 percent) are children under the age of 12. Officials have been trying to persuade Americans not to snuggle hedgehogs since the outbreak began in October, but the new report suggests their efforts have been in vain. Many Americans just can't resist snuggling pet hedgehogs, the CDC says'Don't kiss or snuggle hedgehogs, because this can spread Salmonella germs to your face and mouth and make you sick,' the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said bluntly in its latest update.
At least 11 people across eight states have been sickened so far, the CDC said. At least 11 people in eight states have been affected by a salmonella outbreak that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is likely linked to pet hedgehogs. The CDC announced Friday that "epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with pet hedgehogs is the likely source of this outbreak," and noted that 10 out of the 11 people who have been sickened with Salmonella Typhimurium told the federal health agency that they had contact with a hedgehog before becoming ill. At least one person has been hospitalized in relation to the outbreak but no deaths have been reported at this time. As of Jan. 23, the states that have been affected by the outbreak include Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming.
Q&A with Dr. Manny: Since coming back from vacation, I've had diarrhea and cramps. How do I know I have salmonella versus some other gastrointestinal condition? Heads up, consumers: Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of some of its baby spinach over possible salmonella contamination. The company, which announced the recall Friday, said a "limited number of cases of baby spinach" are affected by the recall. The impacted products were distributed to stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
That pet hedgehog might not be such a great idea after all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a notice Friday about 11 Salmonella infections across eight states, and in all but one of the cases the people had been in contact with a pet hedgehog. Only one person has gone to the hospital because of the outbreak, but health officials are concerned about the growing number of cases infecting people in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming. SEE ALSO: The internet is obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog's muscular, sculpted sex legs Those infected are 2 to 28 years old and the infections started in October. The same Salmonella strain was found in three hedgehogs from two infected people's homes in Minnesota.
The recent salmonella outbreak has affected 47 more individuals, this time linked to products containing the Southeast Asian plant kratom, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday. The latest number brings the total of salmonella infected cases to a total of 87 from 35 states. No deaths have been reported so far, but health officials said 27 people required hospitalization due to illness caused by the infection. The latest affected individuals are from Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and West Virginia -- the eight states joining this outbreak. Kratom -- also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak -- is a plant used as a dietary supplement in the form of pills, powders, capsules and tea made of ground-up leaves from the plant.