Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ontario Government warns of Salmonella Contamination

Potential risks of salmonella contamination from handling reptiles and feeder rodents

There has been a recent increase in human disease related to bacterial infection with Salmonella Typhimurium in Ontario. Ontario health unit investigators found that exposure to feeder rodents and/or reptiles may be risk factors for infection in these cases. 

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Veterinarian for Ontario, has produced a factsheet (attached) to discuss the risks and to educate owners of reptiles and feeder rodents on safe handling practices. 

As a responsible player in the Canadian pet industry, you are asked to distribute this factsheet to any appropriate staff within your organization or business, and, if applicable, to your clients who are or serve reptile owners. 

Raising awareness of proper hygiene and the safe handling of reptiles and feeder rodents will play an important role in preventing future infections.  Click on this link to access the fact sheet:

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