Turtle Alert! SoCal Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Turtle Exposure

Full story: KNBC Los Angeles

A multi-state salmonella outbreak among people handling turtles, that includes California and Los Angeles County , was announced Tuesday by officials at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health ...
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StrawberrySmiles

Pasadena, CA

#1 Sep 23, 2008
I remember back in the 60's when pet turtles for sale to the public was banned because of salmonella. So, its happening again. They're cute as a child's pet but not healthy for us to have around.
Crackdown in downtown LA

Van Nuys, CA

#2 Sep 23, 2008
I wouldn't be surprised it these outbreaks were from baby turtles with less than a 4" carapice.

If you go to the garment district in downtown L.A. or Chinatown, you will see baby turtles about an inch long for sale all over the place by street vendors for about $5 each. Legally, these baby turtles aren't even supposed to be sold because turtles must have a carapice of at least 4" long, mostly because salmonella is higher in baby turtles. I really feel sorry for the turtles being sold as novelties to people who don't know anything or what they're getting into. How many times have I gone to downtown or Chinatown and seen families with kids buying these turtles in their little plastic containers. Then either the turtles grow too big and people want to dispose of them, or they die off from people not knowing how to take care of them. It's very sad.

Once demand stops, the sale of these turtles will stop, and the salmonella outbreak will decrease. The best way to stop this is to educate the public about not buying these baby turtles.
RODNEY

Honolulu, HI

#3 Sep 23, 2008
Get a tortoise.
Patti H

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Sep 23, 2008
Your video shows both turtles and tortoise's, which are you speaking of? One is water based and one is dry land?
The Enforcer

Studio City, CA

#5 Sep 23, 2008
Nice. Can't wait to see that on someone's gravestone. "Here lies Lester Murtle, killed by a germ laden turtle".

Alisha

Encino, CA

#6 Nov 7, 2008
Your stupid
these turtles have been around since the 60s
its not china towns turtles giving you salmonelli
what people dont know how to wash there hands or use hand santizer
same risk at petco
my turtle from china town is 3yrs old

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Army Brat

#7 Nov 26, 2008
I have a red eared slider that will not grow! it must be almost two years old and still loks like a baby (about 2 inches at the most). Anynody know anything about that or why it isn't growing? I changed to a bigger conatiner - an aquarium. And would it carry Salmonella if it is not a baby but just the size of one????

“C N dworld from both sides now”

Since: Apr 08

Army Brat

#8 Nov 26, 2008
Alisha wrote:
Your stupid
these turtles have been around since the 60s
its not china towns turtles giving you salmonelli
what people dont know how to wash there hands or use hand santizer
same risk at petco
my turtle from china town is 3yrs old
How big is it?
Harriet

Houston, TX

#9 Jan 10, 2009
To Post #2... how in the world would you even know what happens to the baby turtles when people buy them? You are making a total guess as to what happens to them. I got mine from Chinatown and I didn't know what to do with them. Guess what? I DID ONLINE RESEARCH. And I've had my turtles for almost 2 years now. So don't think people are stupid and just kill them in 2 days. It's not hard to type in "red eared slider care" online. All you need is a tank, a dock, a light, and food. THE END.

Don't urge the education to NOT buy baby turtles. Urge the education of CARING for the baby turtles when you buy them.........

Don't be so negative.
mimi

United States

#10 Jan 23, 2009
my neighbor had one of these turtles, and i saw that they were neglecting the poor thing, once their kid lost interest in it. it was no bigger than a quarter. So i took it off their hands. I've had the turtle now for over 3 years its about 5 inches wide, and i grew to love it. she *i found out its a girl* has a 10 gallon tank to swim in, and she became very sociable. she likes to swim up to me and lets me play with her. I take her out in my yard in the summer and bought her a plastic kiddie pool she spends her summer days there swimming and my cat and dog like to sleep next to her tank. If someone buys one of these turtles they have to keep in mind that they are not toys, and need lots of care and attention.
Garbage man

Nancy, KY

#11 Jan 23, 2009
I have two red-ear sliders. They grow according to your tank size. I have had mine for 5yrs and they have grown to thier full size. You have to take care of them and stay on top of things that pertain to the upkeep. If you buy one, then be adult enough to care for them daily.
Kay

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Jun 27, 2012
I like turtles i a m thinking of buying one should i
Jason

Pomona, CA

#13 Nov 5, 2012
I have 5 of these china town turtles! Been like 7-8 years or so since I had them n they r monsters lol. They eat all day n poop soooo much that I clean the tank everyday haha.. My biggest 1 is 8in by 6in from the shell only :D I'm going to put them in my uncles pond soon so they have more space to swim. They use to eat those turtle pebbles but now I feed them feeder fish and some regular turtle food
Raul martinez

Duarte, CA

#14 Mar 9, 2013
i have two turtels from china town one died when he was 3 yrs old and the girl that is stil alive is 10 yrs old i got them when i was 7 she been my life long pet i didnt no much about them all i knew is that i had to play,feed,and clean it.but i agree most pepole dont how to take good care of them but not all.
Raul martinez

Duarte, CA

#15 Mar 9, 2013
Kay wrote:
I like turtles i a m thinking of buying one should i
if you no how to take are of it.

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