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Salmonellosis - reptile-associated

Reptile-associated salmonellosis is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella bacteria that are acquired through contact with reptiles. During the 1970ís, there were large numbers of cases of salmonellosis associated with small turtles, which lead to a ban on their sale and resulted in decreases in salmonellosis cases. A recent trend toward owning imported reptiles, especially iguanas and snakes, has resulted in increasing reports of reptile-associated salmonellosis cases in the U.S.

General information

Reptile-associated Salmonellosis fact sheet
Hand washing fact sheet   
(Salmonella infection) 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Pets Healthy People (Exit DHS) 

Additional resources

CDC website (Exit DHS)   
United States Department of Agriculture (Exit DHS)      


Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Last Revised: March 04, 2014