LINCOLN, Neb. — Health officials say 11 people from eight states have been sickened by salmonella from coming in contact with hedgehogs, including one person in Nebraska.
The CDC said Friday afternoon that it, along with public health officials in several states, is investigating the outbreak.
In addition to the person from Nebraska, people in Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, Texas, Mississippi and Maine have been affected, the CDC said.
The agency also warned people that children under 5 years old and older adults, or people with weakened immune systems, are at a greater risk for serious illness.
Hedgehogs can carry salmonella germs, even while appearing healthy and clean. The CDC says it's important for people to thoroughly wash hands after touching, feeding or caring for a hedgehog, and children should be supervised.
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