Hedgehogs and Salmonella

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection associated with handling African pygmy hedgehogs.

As of January 31, 2013, twenty (20) people in 8 states (AL,IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, OR, WA) have been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium since December 26, 2011. Almost one-third (31%) of the infected people have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported. Almost one-half (42%) of the infected people were ten years of age or younger, emphasizing the need to protect children from infection. The hedgehogs were traced back to multiple breeders in different states.

For more information:
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Hedgehogs (CDC)
Notes from the Field: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Hedgehogs - United States, 2011-2013 (CDC)