It’s me again…back with another edition of Turtle Fact.
Don’t I look like a curious turtle in that picture 😉
Today’s Turtle Fact is a bit not fun to share…but it’s a fact people must know. This fact is the reason why some countries ban us as pets. How should I say this nicely…hmm…well, we are bags of Salmonella.
You can find a lot of Salmonella in our poop and as you know we live half our life inside water, we also poop inside the water and that makes those tiny salmonella (see the picture on the right) swim nicely in our water. They finally land on our skin and making us as one of the least desirable pets.
Although it is said that Cats and Dogs also carry salmonella but they don’t carry that awful bacteria as much as us.
Let me introduce you to our parasite little friends and the illness caused by them (with the help of Wikipedia)
Salmonella infections are zoonotic and can be transferred between humans and nonhuman animals. Many infections are due to ingestion of contaminated food. A distinction is made between enteritis Salmonella and typhoid/paratyphoid Salmonella, where the latter — because of a special virulence factor and a capsule protein (virulence antigen) — can cause serious illness.
Salmonella can be transmitted by direct contact (e.g. handling a reptile) or indirectly (e.g. touching surfaces contaminated with reptile feces, reptile equipment washed in the kitchen leading to contamination of food preparation areas).
Why is Salmonella so dangerous?
Because it can cause a disease called Salmonellosis. People who are infected by it will develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps. it usually happens after 12 to72 hours after infection. The illness can last from 4 to 7 days.
The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness. Some people afflicted with salmonellosis later experience reactive arthritis, which can have long-lasting, disabling effects. There are different kinds of Salmonella, including Salmonella bongori and Salmonella enterica.
The type of Salmonella usually associated with infections in humans is nontyphoidal Salmonella which can be found in our poop and water and skin.
How do we handle it?
Proper hand washing
It won’t clear all the salmonella but it helps decreasing it.
I think mommy got salmonellosis when she first had me…but now, she had created immunity against salmonella. She often forgot to wash her hands after playing with me and Kroten….and yet I have never seen her with terrible diarrhea again 😉