Health officials are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections caused by pet turtles.
CT is one of 13 states hit by a salmonella outbreak linked to pet turtles.
According to the CDC, 37 people in 13 states were infected with the outbreak strain of S.
No deaths have been reported from the outbreak, but 16 people have been hospitalized, according to the agency. A third of the cases were in children 5 years of age or younger.
Turtles often carry salmonella bacteria on their skin or shells, but the bacteria do not make them ill. Fifteen (45 percent) of the 33 people interviewed reported contact with turtles or their environments, such as water from a turtle habitat, before getting sick. Some claimed that they had purchased the turtle from a street vendor or flea market while some received the animal as gift.More news: Arsenal rejects Manchester City offer for Alexis Sanchez
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The Food and Drug Administration has banned the selling of turtles with shells smaller than four inches since 1975 due to their salmonella connection.
"All turtles, regardless of size, can carry Salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean", the CDC said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
This is not the first time salmonella is linked with turtles. Between 2011 and 2013, 473 people were sickened by turtles in pretty much every state. The CDCand the Food and Drug Administration recommend against buying them as pets or giving them as gifts. Agbeni between March 1 and August 3 this year, including 12 children aged 5 years or younger. This close genetic relationship means that people in this outbreak are more likely to share a common source of infection. "These outbreaks are a reminder to follow simple steps to enjoy pet reptiles and keep your family healthy", CDC said.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The good news is that most people feel better after five to seven days of being sick.
Children are especially at risk, because, as The Post's Dina ElBoghdady wrote in 2012, "kids couldn't resist kissing the toylike reptiles or placing them in their mouths, sometimes contaminating themselves with the salmonella commonly found on turtles". The FDA banned the distribution and sale of turtles with shells smaller than 4 inches in 1975.