|Bearded dragons seen as salmonella source|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
NEW YORK — Bearded dragons have joined the list of pets that can give you salmonella poisoning.
In the last two years, 132 people in 31 states have been infected with a rare form of salmonella bacteria. Thirty-one answered detailed questionnaires about their illnesses; of those, 21 said they’d handled bearded dragons — a popular lizard native to Australia.
Health investigators also found the rare bacteria in the terrarium of a bearded dragon tied to the outbreak. They’re calling this the first U.S. salmonella outbreak caused by this kind of pet.
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