Dwarf frogs, iguanas and other reptiles can carry salmonella, too.
"It's important for parents to be aware of the risks. There is so much education and enrichment that comes from interacting with animals. But animals can carry germs that can make children sick," said Barton Behravesh.
Both experts said if you or your children do touch animals or reptiles, wash your hands thoroughly after doing so. If you can't get to a sink, use an alcohol-based sanitizer until you have an opportunity to wash your hands.
Get tips on preventing salmonella infection from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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