Journal Article

Reptile-Associated Salmonellosis in Preschool-Aged Children in Michigan, January 2001–June 2003

Eden V. Wells, Matthew Boulton, William Hall and Sally A. Bidol

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 5, pages 687-691
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/423002
Reptile-Associated Salmonellosis in Preschool-Aged Children in Michigan, January 2001–June 2003

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Objectives. Determine the incidence of reptile-associated salmonellosis in preschool-aged children in Michigan.

Methods. Cases of reptile-associated salmonellosis in children ⩽5 years of age occurring in Michigan January 2001–June 2003 were identified through review of individual patient case-history forms provided by local health departments to the Michigan Department of Community Health and by identification of Michigan Department of Community Health laboratory-confirmed cultures of reptile-associated serotypes, determined by evaluation of the Public Health Laboratory Information System's Clinical Nonhuman Salmonella data for 1990–2001.

Results. The incidence of reptile-associated salmonellosis was 11.8% of all Salmonella cases reported in Michigan children aged ⩽5 years for the period January 2001 through June 2003.

Conclusions. Despite the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid the exposure of children <5 years old to reptiles, reptile-associated salmonellosis in preschool-aged children continues to be a public health problem in Michigan.

Journal Article.  2567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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