In a fairy tale, you may kiss a frog and marry a prince, but in real life, the CDC says all you have to do is touch a frog, and you could end up with salmonella.
The agency has been investigating a recent outbreak of a specific strain of salmonella and discovered that many of the sick patients were children who had played with a pet frog. Many of those children became sick after indirect exposure, like handling the aquarium water which can become contaminated over time.
Bottom line from the CDC, amphibians and reptiles should not be kept in homes with children under the age of five, or people with immune system deficiencies.
You can read more about the study in the journal "Pediatrics".
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