Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 243 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Sep-2003
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The fright of the iguana: Pet reptiles pose risk of salmonella infection for their owners
Many parents do not know that owning an iguana puts their children at risk for salmonella infection," say researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Even in homes where young children and infants are not permitted to touch or come in contact with the animals, they may still become infected, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. more

Information for clinicians: Preventing congenital toxoplasmosis
An estimated 400-4,000 cases of congenital toxoplasmosis occur each year in the United States. Of the 750 deaths attributed to toxoplasmosis each year, 375 (50%) are believed to be caused by eating contaminated meat, making toxoplasmosis the third leading cause of foodborne deaths in this country. more


Information for patients: Rules for handling reptiles
Never eat or put anything in your mouth during or after handling your animals. Never clean cages in the kitchen or anywhere you prepare food for human consumption. The rules can keep your patients safe. Share the rules.  more

Information for patients: What you can do to keep germs from harming you and your baby
Toxoplasmosis, which is spread by cat feces, can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. If you are pregnant and have a cat or kitten, take the important steps explained in this multitopic brochure. CDC, NCID, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.  more

Free Poster: Safe reptile handling
Download this poster on safe reptile handling (1.8 MB). The poster is a product of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  more

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