The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, linked the hedgehogs with a Salmonella outbreak.
So far, 11 people have been infected in eight countries. One person was even hospitalized. It began in October, and 10 of the 11 people said they were in contact with a hedgehog before they got sick. The CDC says most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Usually the disease lasts for 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment.
The CDC has provided this advice on pet taunts:
Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella microbes in their stools until they look healthy and clean. Microbes can easily spread to their bodies and everything in the area they live in.
Choose the right pet for your family. Children under the age of 5, adults over 65 years of age or people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of serious disease. Households with these people might think of a different pet.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after touching, eating or caring for the hedgehog or cleaning it. Adults should control the washing of hands for young children.
Do not kiss or press hedgehog because it can spread Salmonella microbes to your face and mouth and cause you to get sick.
Clean habitat habitats, toys and supplies outside the house whenever possible.
To learn more, visit the CDC website.