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Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
As a child, growing up in Michigan in the late fifties and early sixties, I clearly recall an outbreak of Salmonella related to pets. The culprits in this instance were turtles! At that time, small pet "painted turtles" were the rage. You could buy a small silver-dollar sized turtle from almost every "dime store" (i.e. Kresges/K-Mart, Woolworths'). They cost less than a dollar and for a few bucks more, you could also purchase a little plastic tank to in which to keep your little hard-shelled pet. The tank was as big as a soup bowl. It would hold about an inch or two of water and there was this little "island" in the middle that had a plastic palm tree about six inches tall to make it a more "natural" habitat. It was quite a fad at the time. But then it was discovered that an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning could be traced to those little turtles and after a few years it was nearly impossible to find those little "painted turtles" anywhere.