The National Reptile & Amphibian Advisory Council |
The National Reptile & Amphibian Advisory Council (NRAAC) is a not-for-profit educational organization, staffed and run by volunteers, dedicated to producing an annual symposium on laws, rules, and regulations regarding reptiles and amphibians at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Our goal is bringing together people interested in reptiles, amphibians, and the law, whether they are pet owners, breeders, stores, businesses, rescues, rehabiltators, educators, researchers, zoological institutions, herpetolgical organizations, or government agencies,to discuss the impact of law and regulation on the keeping, breeding, care, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. To get involved, please join our working group on Facebook.
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Recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Salmonella from Reptiles to Humans
Keeping any pet poses a variety of health risks regardless of whether that pet is a dog, cat, bird, or reptile. While occurring in far fewer instances than dog bites, or other pet related injuries and illness, reptile associated Salmonellosis does pose a risk to anyone
that keeps or handles reptiles and amphibians. According to the Center for Disease
Control(CDC) their projected data shows a significant increase in salmonella cases over the last 10 years. While some of this increase can be attributed to advances in technology, improved reporting systems, and increased physician awareness, a significant rise is due to the increased popularity of keeping reptiles and amphibians as pets.
Many organizations would have you believe that reptile associated salmonella is such a risk that possession of reptiles by the general public should be banned or significantly restricted. The CDC does NOT make that statement. Based on CDC supplied data its becomes obvious that the threat posed by keeping reptiles and amphibians is much less significant than the risks associated with
owning either dogs or cats. By following the CDC recommendations below you should dramatically decrease the risk of infection to yourself and your family.
Center For Disease Control Recommendations
The National Reptile & Amphibian Advisory Council supports the CDC recommendations and asks that you not only follow them,
but you make sure that your local breeder, dealer, and pet store are aware of these
recommendations as well. Education is the key to keeping the hobby of keeping reptiles and amphibians a safe and enjoyable hobby for everyone.
For further information regarding reptile associated Salmonellosis at the Center for Disease Control please click here!