ATLANTA, GA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is putting out a warning of a nationwide outbreak of human salmonella linked to contact with bearded dragon lizards.
So far, 132 cases in 31 states in the past 26 months. Six of them in Texas.
The CDC says the bearded dragons are responsible for the rare salmonella Cotham strain that can do some serious harm to kids under the age of five, older adults, and people with weak immune systems.
The sickness has sent at least 28 people to the hospital, but so far no one has died from it.
If you have one or more of these critters, the CDC has some tips on how to reduce your chances of getting the salmonella Cotham bug.
Wash your hands after playing with your bearded dragon. Duh! And especially wash your hands if you’re going to be around food.
Don’t let your lizard wander around the house. It could contaminate everything it touches.
And keep it away from little kids, older adults, and especially anyone with weakened immune systems.
Bearded dragons may seem like cute little pets, but just keep in mind that dragons can turn around and burn ya.