Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that African dwarf frogs are being sold again. The scavenger frogs, who eat anything living, dying or dead, were responsible for a nationwide Salmonella outbreak since April 2009. Salmonella cause illnesses like typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food-borne illness. It can also be transferred between humans. Symptoms of the infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps and symptoms present within 72 hours of infection.
Now the pet can be found in pet stores, carnivals, and online. The small aquatic frogs are shipped from California-based Blue Lobster Farms, the same frog breeding facility that prompted the outbreak.
The CDC said the company ceased shipping it in April and restarted in June. They also said it is unclear if the frogs are Salmonella-free and reports of illness continue.
241 individuals have contracted the illness as of June 18, 2011, but no deaths have been reported.
Kids under the age of five are the most vulnerable to infections. These types of pets are not recommended for children within that range. Other groups at increased risk are pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, and organ transplant recipients. According to the CDC, 30 percent of all patients were hospitalized.
Most infected individuals do not require medical treatment but severe diarrhea may require hospitalization.
The CDC said that people handling African dwarf frogs should wash hands after contact and empty tanks outside of their homes.
Reptiles and amphibians are common carriers of salmonella. Lizards, turtles and snakes can all potentially carry the bacteria.
Salmonella is also prevalent in undercooked meats as well as unwashed produce.