Before You Get Your Kids a Pet Turtle, You Need to Read This! by Donna John

Before You Get Your Kids a Pet Turtle, You Need to Read This!

While the sale of small turtles was banned in the U.S. 40 years ago due to Salmonella infections mostly in kids, a CDC analysis found that the ban on turtles less than 4 inches did reduce turtle-associated Salmonella illnesses, but outbreaks continue to occur. 

Between 2011 and 2013, 473 illnesses in 41 states were reported, and most of the turtle-associated salmonellosis still involved young kids, probably because kids are more likely to touch their mouths while playing.

Bottom line? It may be safer to get a furry pet and skip the turtles. 

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