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Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Pet Turtles

Pet turtles are spreading potentially life-threatening salmonella bacteria in an outbreak of the illness that has sickened more than 100 people across the United States, according to a new report from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The AVMA said the current outbreak of salmonella, which began in 2007, has sickened 107 people in 34 states, with about one-third of those affected requiring hospitalization for the illness. So far, there have been no deaths linked to salmonella spread by turtles kept as pets, officials said.

Salmonella is a common form of bacteria that is most often detected in contaminated foods. Recent outbreaks of the bacteria have been reported in peanuts, spinach, and hamburger meat.

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