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Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Turtles & Petting Zoos

Turtles are popping up all over Central Park. (Clipart)

Turtles are popping up all over Central Park. (Clipart)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – They’re adorable – but they could make your kids sick.

The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning for parents with young children about a national outbreak of salmonella infections linked to turtles and petting zoos.

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As TV 10-55’s Katie McGee reports, 149 people in 28 states have been infected during the recent salmonella outbreak. There have been 25 cases in New York, and 64 percent of sufferers are under the age of 10.

“There have been several outbreaks of salmonella poisoning,” said Bob Thomas of the Turtle & Tortoise Rescue Organization. “Mainly because the people that were raising them were raising them on chicken guts, and they got salmonella.”

Even after the FDA banned the sale of turtles with shells with shells smaller than 4 inches, the recent multi-state outbreak has parents on alert. For more information, check out Katie McGee’s full report.