Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hedgehogs Shows Up in Indiana, Officials Warn

From Local Sources 

NATIONWIDE -- If you have a pet hedgehog you might want to keep the snuggling to a minimum.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring a salmonella outbreak that could be linked to hedgehogs.

Twenty-seven people, including children, have been infected in 17 states. Two of those cases are in Indiana.

The CDC said that 18 out of 20 people interviewed had contact with a hedgehog.

Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings. These germs can be easily spread to their bodies, bedding and toys.

So, the CDC suggests not to kiss or snuggle your hedgehog. If you do make sure to wash your hands right after touching one.