Human Cases of Salmonella Rise to 66

The number of people sickened in a multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pet turtles has risen to 66, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Thursday.

Since the last update on Aug. 29, 29 more people have been sickened and seven more have been hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 23. No deaths have been reported.

Five more states have reported illnesses, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 18.

The outbreak began in the spring and is expected to continue because many people are unaware of the risk of salmonella infection from pet turtles, even if they look healthy and clean, the CDC said.

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