WillieNelson_3.jpgNo, the other Willie Nelson.

Patti Singer of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in her piece today “Water frog hazards prompt warning,” told the story of 4-month-old, Willie Nelson II and his illness brought on by Salmonella typhimurium from African dwarf frogs. Young Willie, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of 216 people in 41 states who have been sickened by these tainted toads since April 1, 2009.

The Monroe County Health Department has warned the public:

C287.jpg“For people who have a weakened immune system, it can be very dangerous,” said Dr. Andrew Doniger, director of the Monroe County Department of Public Health. “When you have 200 cases of something like this, there are probably a lot more of them than we know about. There are probably some people infected with minor symptoms who could transmit the disease.” Doniger said he would prefer that people not buy water frogs or at least not purchase them for homes where there are children younger than 5. He also said the frogs should not be in day care settings, nursing homes or hospitals. He added that any store — which can include gift shops and department stores as well as pet stores — should post signs about risks posed by the frogs.”

So, why have the health authorities not released the name of the California frog breeder that has been linked to a two year old Salmonella outbreak?

  • Carl Custer

    On the pot again –
    Just can’t wait to get on the pot again.
    The life I love is getting on the pot before my friends
    And I can’t wait to get on the pot again.
    On the pot again

  • sarah

    Almost all frogs and reptiles carry salmonella…It’s natural and you have to wash your hands after handling. There should be no “name of the California frog breeder that has been linked to a two year old Salmonella outbreak”. Its natural, nothing the farmer can do to cause it or prevent it! The farm in question was Blue Lobster Farms, but trying to ban the sale by a single breeder or farm is just ignorant. I have several frogs and reptiles in my house, all of which can transmit salmonella. I wash my hands after handling or cleaning cages, as should all responsible amphibian and reptile owners.