Medical officials are reporting an increase of salmonella sickness among reptile owners in Parry Sound.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says the sickness is also affecting amphibian owners in the region.

Certified Health Unit Inspector for the Health Unit Teresina Palangio says salmonella sickness is not unusual for the area.

 

Palangio also says that just normal contact can spread the illness.

 

The Health Unit suggests that you always wash your hands after handling all pets and keep cages and tanks from children’s bedrooms and unsupervised areas.

It also recommends that you resist kissing and snuggling your reptile or amphibian and never eat or drink while handling them.

For more information about salmonella sickness, visit the Health Unit website or call 1-800-563-2808