Archive for Monday, February 20, 2012

40 years ago: No more pet turtles

February 20, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 20, 1972:

The Kansas State Board of Health recently had outlawed the sale or promotional offering of turtles and other reptiles in the state of Kansas. Recent surveys had indicated that from 9 to30 percent of salmonella cases in the U.S. were related to pet turtles, with 100,000 to 300,000 cases of turtle-associated salmonellosis occurring annually. In November, the Kansas State Health Department's Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control had conducted laboratory tests of turtles and/or their water tanks in several Kansas locations. Tests had confirmed that 92 percent of the turtles were infected.


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