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Spiky pet hedgehogs may be adorable, but they’re also a source of salmonella infections that have sickened at least 14 people in six states, government health officials said. Half of those infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to the prickly critters are kids younger than 10, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three people have been hospitalized.
About 142,000 (reported) Americans are infected each year with Salmonella enteritidis from chicken eggs, and about 30 die.
You bring up a valid point. Is there a "manual," concerning how to care for the animal? Who wrote the manual? What to do in case of an emergency? How much can a vet really tell you about some exotics?
That is an interesting response. Was it general conversation with other people or perhaps the stories of things gone wrong that led you to this decision? I applaud you on your decision.