Summer, Remember the Reptiles:
Frog-jumping contests, reptile give-aways, and turtle races are common summer fair events that pose a significant risk to both humans and animals. People who come into contact with reptiles and amphibians run a risk of contracting Salmonella infection (especially children).
In 1999, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warned that 93,000 people contract salmonellosis from contact with reptiles or amphibians every year. Many are hospitalized, and still others die from their infection. Although the CDC has specific recommendations to prevent Salmonella infection (ie: washing with anti-bacterial soap immediately after handling reptiles), these guidelines are almost impossible to follow during fairs or other public events. There are also serious humane concerns for the reptiles and amphibians themselves, the vast majority of whom suffer and perish from neglect and improper care.
Conservationists are also concerned with the collection of wild amphibians and reptiles to stock these summer fairs events and contests.
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