Don’t lick the sick lizards – official

johnboy 6 July 2010

The Australian Veterinary Association is warning of the need to wash your hands after handling pet lizards after a baby in Canberra contracted a severe case of salmonella poisoning from the family lizard:

The case, reported this week in the Medical Journal of Australia, identified a rare strain of Salmonella carried by the family’s pet eastern bearded dragon as the source of the illness.

“Salmonellosis from reptiles can cause serious disease – with most cases in children under the age of 10 and in people who are already sick and have a depleted immune system,” said Dr Robert Johnson from the Australian Veterinary Association.

So now we know!

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