The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cautioning against PDA with pet hedgehogs. According to an ongoing investigation, the CDC believes hedgehogs are to blame for a multistate salmonella outbreak. Since October 2018, 11 individuals were infected in 8 states and 1 person hospitalized.
Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps lasting anywhere from 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, however, there are rare cases where it could result in death if not treated properly.
The CDC advises:
- Keep snuggling to a minimum
- Wash your hands after handling
- Keep the cute, but prickly animals away from food preparation areas.
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