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Salmonella found in pet dwarf frogs

Vancouver, British Columbia -- Pet frogs might be cute but they also might make you sick from salmonella, U.S. health officials warn.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say pet African dwarf frogs harboring salmonella have sickened at least 113 people in 31 states, most of them children, between April 2009 and this past March, ScienceNews.org reported.

"This is the first multi-state outbreak of salmonella associated with frogs," says Shauna Mettee, an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta who presented the findings Friday at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Vancouver, Canada.