Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson: Preventing Salmonella


by KING 5 News


Posted on March 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 9:03 PM

There are more than one million cases of Salmonella reported each year. Around 70,000 infections come from repitles and amphibians, according to the CDC. Many of these cases are not discovered and go undiagnosed, because most people recover in four to seven days without treatment.

KING 5’s Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a pediatrician at the Everett Clinic. She’s known online as “Seattle Mama Doc.” She gives us some more information about this bacterial infection.


  • Typically causes diarrhea, belly pain, fever
  • Most common in children under age 5 & elderly
  • Food causes:  chicken, beef, eggs
  • Household causes: dog food & treats
  • Reptile/Amphibian causes: turtles and frogs

Frogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

  • Outbreak in 44 states between 2008-2011
  • 376 cases, nearly 1/3 were hospitalized
  • Most cases were children < 10 years of age
  • Source of infection was frog breeding facility
  • Frogs carry the salmonella, tanks & aquariums contaminated

Preventing Salmonella:

  • Always wash hands after playing w reptiles/pets
  • Proper food handling with chicken, beef, eggs, dairy
  • Feed and clean pets outside of kitchen and/or home
  • No turtles/ frogs for children < age 5
  • Don’t allow infants/toddlers to play near pet dishes



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