5:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Illegal turtle market leads to Salmonella outbreaks

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It’s illegal to sell or give away turtles with shells less than four inches long unless they’re being used for education or research. Though the outbreaks appear to be over, the state wants to remind Michiganders of the law.
LANSING - State officials are reminding Michiganders that it's illegal to sell small turtles for pets in light of cases of Salmonella in people who have been in contact with the reptiles. Five Michigan cases, mostly in children, have been linked to three multi-state Salmonella infection outbreaks in the last 18 months, according to the Michigan Departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development.