Pet snakes as a reservoir for Salmonella enterica subsp. diarizonae (Serogroup IIIb): a prospective study.

@article{Schroeter2004PetSA,
  title={Pet snakes as a reservoir for Salmonella enterica subsp. diarizonae (Serogroup IIIb): a prospective study.},
  author={Matthias L. Schroeter and Peter Roggentin and Joerg Hofmann and Angelika Speicher and Rainer Laufs and Dietrich Mack},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={70 1},
  pages={613-5}
}
Reptile-associated Salmonella infections are an increasing problem for humans. We have prospectively screened two breeding groups of 16 pet snakes for colonization with Salmonella species. Various serovars of S. enterica subsp. diarizonae were found in 81% of the snakes. To avoid transmission, strict hygienic precautions should be applied when reptiles are handled. 

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