19 Oct

Reptiles and Salmonellosis

Did you know that there is a direct link between reptiles and Salmonellosis?  Salmonellosis is an infection caused by bacteria in the genus Salmonella.  This type of germ was discovered by an American scientist with the last name of Salmon, hence the name Salmonella.  A Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after the infection.  Salmonella can lead to a blood infection in which case an individual must be hospitalized immediately and treated with antibiotics.  Reptiles such as snakes, lizards, and amphibians can carry Salmonella on their bodies even when they don’t appear dirty.  The bacteria can then spread to throughout the cage or aquarium.  Young children are at increased risk of contracting Salmonellosis after handling reptiles due to their underdeveloped immune systems.  One must wash their hands thoroughly after handling reptiles to prevent the spread of Salmonella to other people and surfaces.  Products like Sporocidin are effective in disinfecting surfaces in close proximity to reptile cages.  If you are experiencing any of the effects of a Salmonella infection listed above seek medical attention immediately.