TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Wells, Eden V.; Boulton, Matthew; Hall, William; Bidol, Sally A.
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;9/1/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p687
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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 200 1-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.
ACCESSION #
14174183

 

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