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During 2004, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Public Health
Laboratory notified CDC about the isolation of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium from ill hamsters from a Minnesota
pet distributor. This report describes two of the first identified human cases
associated with this outbreak, summarizes the multistate investigation of
human S. Typhimurium infections associated with exposure
to rodents (e.g., hamsters, mice, and rats) purchased at pet stores, and highlights
methods for reducing Salmonella transmission from
pet rodents to their owners. This is the first documented salmonellosis outbreak
associated with pet rodents. Findings demonstrate that the handling of pet
rodents is a potential health risk, especially for children. Public health
practitioners should consider pet rodents a potential source of salmonellosis.
Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant. JAMA. 2005;293(24):2994–2996. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.2994
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