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Bearded Dragons Are Linked To A Salmonella Outbreak Over The Past Two Years! GROSS!

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Authorities have found a connection between a salmonella outbreak and pet bearded dragons!

It looks like Jorah Mormont had it right when he told Khaleesi dragons could NEVER be tamed on Game of Thrones!

OK, so that actually doesn't really apply here! But in real life, pet bearded dragons are proving to be quite dangerous as they are believed to be the cause of a salmonella outbreak over the past two years!

Since February 12, 2012, at least 132 people have been hospitalized across 31 different states, 55 of whom were hospitalized!

Half of those infected were children, and authorities were able to trace the disease back to breeders who raised the reptiles in unsanitary conditions before selling them to pet stores!

However, according to reptile education expert Jim Nesci, some of the responsibility falls on the pet owners as well:

"The biggest problem is the way people keep stuff. If they keep it filthy and they handle the animal, it's a problem. It's called hygiene you can't let your animal live in crap."

Salmonella can lead to diarrhea, sepsis, and meningitis, and in some cases the disease can actually resist antibiotics!

Owners of bearded dragons are being warned to them away from any food or water and to be sure to disinfect any surface the lizards come across!

So what's the moral of the story? Next time you go to a pet store, try buying a hamster instead!

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5 comments to “Bearded Dragons Are Linked To A Salmonella Outbreak Over The Past Two Years! GROSS!”

  1. harrietthespy says – reply to this


    132 people were hospitalized, 55 of whom were hospitalized?!! Oh no!
    Get your shit together, Perez, and start doing some proofreading before you publish.

  2. cathy says – reply to this


    What a stupid article. Bearded dragons make for a great pet. Of course, like any pet, if the owner doesn't keep it clean, disease will follow. So dumb!

  3. Tricia says – reply to this


    Bearded dragons are great pets. I wish society would stop putting the blame on everything but themselves — the real problem here is the people who neglected to use proper hygiene protocols, aka WASH YOUR F**CKING HANDS.

  4. W says – reply to this


    Our beloved beardie died last year after 11 years.

    We always insisted people wash their hands or sanitize them before touching her (for her protection) and afterwards (for their protection) Never had any problems at all with anyone getting sick.

    As long as you wash your hands afterwards and sanitize any areas where they go bearded dragons make great pets. its all about accountability!

  5. W says – reply to this


    It isn't the dragons causing the outbreak it is stupid owners not doing their part!