CDC Issues Warning About Snuggling With Hedgehogs

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People will just about keep anything as a pet these days. Sometimes, that can get you into trouble. Turns out that 11 people across the country have now been infected with an illness transmitted by pet hedgehogs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning for those that have pet hedgehogs. Their advice is to not cuddle or get too close to these pets as they found the bacterial infection, caused by a certain strain of Salmonella, in samples collected from hedgehogs in some of the infected peoples’ homes.

Its reported that 10 of the 11 infected people confirmed recent contact with hedgehogs, and one person is now hospitalized because of the illness. More than half of the cases were in children under the age of 12. The states affected by the outbreak are Texas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Source: Fox News

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