Table 1.

Recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Salmonella From Reptiles to Humans

Reptile owners should always wash their hands after handling reptiles and reptile cages
Persons at increased risk for infection or serious complications of salmonellosis, eg, children <5 years of age and immunocompromised persons, should avoid contact with reptiles
Reptiles should be kept out of households in which children <1 year of age and persons with weak immune systems live. Families expecting a new child should give away their pet reptiles before the infant arrives
Reptiles should not be kept in child-care centers
Reptiles should not be allowed to roam freely throughout the house
Reptiles should be kept out of kitchens and other food-preparation areas to prevent contamination. Kitchen sinks should not be used to bathe reptiles or to wash their dishes, cages, or aquariums. If bathtubs are used for these purposes, they should be thoroughly cleaned afterwards.