Global & Disaster Medicine

CDC: A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet hedgehogs.


Photo of a hedgehog.

At A Glance

Map of United States - People infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella, by state of residence, as of May 30, 2019


  • Since the last update on March 29, 2019, illnesses in an additional 10 people and six states have been added to this investigation.
  • Twenty-seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 17 states.
    • Two people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
    • Forty-two percent are children aged 12 or younger.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with pet hedgehogs is the likely source of this outbreak.
    • In interviews, 18 (90%) of 20 ill people reported contact with a hedgehog.
    • A common source of hedgehogs has not been identified.
  • The outbreak strain making people sick was identified in samples collected from 10 hedgehogs in Minnesota, including 5 hedgehogs from the homes of five ill patients……”

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