Dwarf Frogs for Sale Despite Risk: CDC

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 10:01 AM PDT
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Dwarf Frogs for Sale Despite Risk: CDC

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A file image of an African Dwarf Frog provided by the CDC.

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Federal health officials have issued a warning that a California company has resumed selling a kind of frog that caused a recent salmonella outbreak.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials on Wednesday said Blue Lobster Farms in June had resumed shipping African dwarf frogs from its Madera County, California, breeding facility. CDC officials believe the frogs may still pose a serious health risk.

The company had voluntarily stopped shipping the frogs in April, after an investigation found them to be the source of a salmonella outbreak that sickened about 240 people nationwide over two years.

No one died, but most of the illnesses were children under 5 years old.

Others who are at high risk and who should avoid contact with water frogs, their water and their habitats include pregnant women, people who have weak immune systems, such as cancer patients, and those undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplants.

Blue Lobster Farms officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

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